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Judy Morales - Photo via City of Temple
Judy Morales - Photo via City of Temple

Judy Morales Sworn Into Temple District 2 Office

Former Temple mayor pro tem Judy Morales officially resumed her seat on the city council Thursday, approximately five months after resigning. Morales was reelected as the representative of District 2 with 63% of the vote during a special election on Saturday, July 19.

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Mayor pro tem Judy Morales resigned her post at a press conference at Temple's municipal building, Thursday March 20 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Mayor pro tem Judy Morales resigned her post at a press conference at Temple's municipal building, Thursday March 20 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

Judy Morales Wins Temple District 2 Special Election

Temple District 2 residents voted Saturday to reinstate city council member Judy Morales, who resigned from the council in March. Morales received 109 votes out of a total of 173 cast. She will officially resume her place on the council during a special meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday.

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Mayor pro tem Judy Morales resigned her post at a press conference at Temple's municipal building, Thursday March 20 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Mayor pro tem Judy Morales resigned her post at a press conference at Temple's municipal building, Thursday March 20 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

Former Temple Mayor Pro Tem Files To Regain Council Seat In Special Election

Plot twist or just twisted? After the Temple City Council called a special election for July 19 to fill the vacancy created by former Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales’ council departure, Morales has filed to run for her old seat.

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In-Depth on Judy Morales’ Misdemeanor Plea Deal

A plea agreement announced last week in Bell County allowed former Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales to plead no contest to a Class B misdemeanor charge of destruction, removal or alteration of public documents.

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Mayor pro tem Judy Morales resigned her post at a press conference at Temple's municipal building, Thursday March 20 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Mayor pro tem Judy Morales resigned her post at a press conference at Temple's municipal building, Thursday March 20 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

Former Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales Sentenced to Probation

Former Temple mayor pro tem Judy Morales received a sentence of deferred adjudication probation Wednesday after pleading no contest to a charge of destroying or altering public documents. Morales, who resigned from the Temple City Council on Thursday, March 20, must also serve 24 hours of public service, pay a fine of $750 and cover $240 in court costs.

Morales could have faced up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

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Sign erected by Mari Paul at Temple's Miller Park on Saturday, March 8 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Sign erected by Mari Paul at Temple's Miller Park on Saturday, March 8 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

Paul on recall effort: Changing tactics, not calling it quits

Mari Paul is suspending her petition effort to recall all members of the Temple City Council. Lack of interest isn't dissuading the cause, but as her 30-day signature-gathering window ticks down, the city and Bell County's continued failure to provide hard numbers on registered voters in single-member districts diminishes Paul's potential for success. And even as preliminary numbers were provided today, receipt of numbers termed as "subject to change" halfway through the city charter-prescribed window hardly offers potential for success.

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Temple Municipal Building, Downtown Temple - Photo: Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Temple Municipal Building, Downtown Temple - Photo: Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

With Temple Mayor Pro Tem’s Resignation, Special Election Ahead

Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales resigned her city council position this morning just hours ahead of a hearing scheduled to consider her removal from office. In a formal resignation notice Morales additionally noted her intention to submit a letter of declination as the District 2 officer-elect after the May 10 election.

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Mayor pro tem Judy Morales resigned her post at a press conference at Temple's municipal building, Thursday March 20 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Mayor pro tem Judy Morales resigned her post at a press conference at Temple's municipal building, Thursday March 20 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

Temple Mayor pro tem Judy Morales Resigns

Temple Mayor pro tem Judy Morales resigned her post at a press conference today, Thursday March 20.

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Photo sourced from City of Temple
Photo sourced from City of Temple

Temple Mayor pro tem Faces Removal from Office Hearing

Despite facing a criminal misdemeanor charge, Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales earlier this week refused to resign her council position. With that, Temple Mayor Danny Dunn and council members Tim Davis, Perry Cloud and Russell Schneider have scheduled a 5 p.m. public hearing Thursday to consider adoption of a resolution authorizing Morales’ removal from office.

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Sign erected by Mari Paul at Temple's Miller Park on Saturday, March 8 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Sign erected by Mari Paul at Temple's Miller Park on Saturday, March 8 - Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

Exclusive Interview with Mari Paul on Judy Morales

Mari Paul, originator of the petition to recall Temple's City Council, joined KTEM's Aaron Savage in the studio to discuss the petition, Thursday's Council meeting and the future of Temple's city government. Listen to the full interview after the break.

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