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Voters turn Precinct 3 'wet'

by Dolores Hamilton
When the polls closed Saturday, voters in Justice of the Peace (JP) Precinct 3, which includes Iowa Park, had approved the sale of alcohol both on and off premises.

JP Precinct 3 was the last dry precinct in Wichita County, and this is the first time since before prohibition the sale of alcohol has been allowed in Iowa Park.

In what is thought to be the largest voter turnout in Iowa Park, 1,585 votes were cast in the election. This included 910 in early voting, 671 on election day, and 4 mail-in ballots.

There were two liquor options on the ballot. Option #1 - for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption passed with 829 votes for and 736 against. Option #2 - for legal sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages passed with 823 for and 739 against.

There were also three city council seats up for election on the ballot to be decided by voters living inside the city limits of Iowa Park.

Tim Sheppard defeated Jessalea Ricks Jones to win Place 1, the seat being vacated by Brad Wynn. The vote was 616 for Sheppard and 558 for Jones.

Incumbent Sherrie Williams defeated challenger Hack Alexander 707 to 471 to retain her position on Place 5.

There will be a run-off election for Place 3 being vacated by Mark Raby. Keith Dyer received 582 votes, Jeremiah Stevens, 443, and Carmen Lozipone, 173.

Dyer and Stevens will face each other in a run-off election to be decided June 15.