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Jefferson County
Port Arthur City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy Port Arthur
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Port Arthur City Council, in a special meeting today, voted unanimously to adopt an order canvassing the results of the May 6 election.

Incumbent council members Raymond Scott, Jr., Charlotte Moses and Kaprina Richardson Frank, as well as newly-elected council members Cal J. Jones, Thomas J. Kinlaw, III and Harold Doucet were administered their oath of office and took their seats on council.

The city council voted unanimously to designate Jones as mayor pro tem. The City Charter states that the District 2 Council Member shall serve as mayor pro tem.

No other action items were on the agenda. Agenda

Each of the council members spoke on their new terms on the council.

Scott thanked God, his supporters, family members and others for his election. He also noted that he represented all citizens in District 1, whether they supported his re-election or did not.

“I'm your council member, and I will be there when you call for me, to continue to be the servant and a voice for the people,” Scott said. Listen (2:41)

Jones also recognized his family, and the citizens. However, he noted the city's challenges.

“I'm glad, but not excited, because right not at this juncture there's not too much to be excited about what's going on in our city,” he said. “We've got a lot work ahead of us.” Listen (3:36)

However, he said, the work “would get done” with the mayor and council.

“We've recovered every time, and we'll recover again,” Jones said.

Kinlaw promised he would work with the council, and would be active in moving the city forward.

“I want to be part of this process to write a book at the end of my term, to say that Port Arthur is a place that people want to come and live in,” he said. Listen (1:43)

Doucet noted he had served on council previously.

“I had a lot of aspirations and goals,” Doucet said. Listen (3:37)

He noted that it was “two years of frustration” in his previous term.

“What went wrong was I had a lot of goals and aspirations, but I didn't have a lot of knowledge on city government, and also how to get things done without relying whether the council though it was great or not,” Doucet said.

He said the streets will be fixed, and the unemployment rate will go down, and that the council will be “unified.”

“I refuse to leave this seat again and felt that I just wasted my time,” Doucet said. “And I won't feel that way.”

Moses thanked the city, and said she would serve the city to the best of her ability.

“I can't make promises, but I promise to do my best, and I promise to do what I can to make sure that Port Arthur's moved forward in the coming years,” Moses said. Listen (3:22)

Frank said she loved the city, and was excited about its opportunities.

“There are good things happening in Port Arthur, it's not all bad,” she said. “We're getting there.” Listen (1:18)

She said the city needed to look forward.

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