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Bailey new Royse City mayor; Nichol, Bell, Branch win council seats

Royse City residents elected a new mayor and three new council members in Saturday’s elections.

The new mayor will be Jerrell Bailey, who succeeds Mayor Jim Mellody. Bailey received 307 votes, defeating challengers Connie Goodwin, who received 163 votes, and William Archer, who received 46 votes.

New city council members will be Janet Nichol, James Branch and former Rockwall County Judge Bill Bell.

Nichol received 217 votes for the Place 1 seat, beating Brooks Williams (192 votes) and Xavier Cortez (81 votes).

Branch defeated Mark Plemmons for the Place 5 seat, 252  to 203 votes.

Bell won the Place 3 seat receiving 399 votes without any competition.

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