Temple Voters Return Former Councilmember To Office

TEMPLE (July 18, 2014) Some Temple residents headed to the polls Saturday to vote in a special election ordered in May after former Dist. 2 Councilwoman Judy Morales submitted a formal notice of declination following the May 10 city election, which came a month after she pleaded no contest to destroying or altering a public document.

Judy Morales (city photo/file)

According to the unofficial results released by the City of Temple, Morales won the Dist. 2 council seat with 109 votes or 63% of the total vote on Saturday in the special election.

Morales, who was unopposed on the ballot in May was one of the four candidates who filed to run in the special election.

Gregory Wise, 59, Cynthia Arriaga, 47, a custodian and full-time college student and James Zeptner, 53, a carpenter also ran in the election.

Morales, resigned from the council in March

In April she pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge, and was ordered to serve 24 hours of public service, pay a $750 fine and almost $240 in court costs.

The charge stemmed from an investigation of allegations that Morales directed an employee at the publicly-funded Temple HELP Center, where she served as director until last fall, to delete emails and documents linked to use of county equipment and personnel for campaign purposes when she ran for city council in 2011.