By Brenda Sommer
Mexia voters apparently were ready for change in city and school leadership, voting against all incumbents who had opponents in Saturday’s general election.
Longtime Mexia City Council members Bobby Jack Liles, from District 6, and District 2 member Laura Rothrock both lost their bids for re-election. Rothrock, a retired school teacher, drew 34 votes while her opponent, homemaker Blanca Rivera, garnered 56 votes. Liles, who had two opponents, drew only 18 votes. Challenger Colby Archibald drew 81 votes, while challenger Stephen Friday, owner/chef at Joe Friday’s Diner in Mexia, won with a clear majority of 118 votes.
District 5 incumbent Arthur Busby, who works at XTO Energy and first took office in 2002, had no opponent, so returns to office.
Busby, Friday and Rivera will take their oaths of office after the election results are accepted at the council’s next regular meeting, set for May 17.