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Voters reject change on council // GULFPORT

The three challengers in this year's campaign for City Council told residents it was time for change.

Voters in Tuesday's elections said in no uncertain terms that it is not.

They gave council members Colleen Camp, 67, and John "Ted" Phillips, 75, overwhelming support in returning each for a fourth, two-year term.

City Clerk Lesley Demuth said 16.8 percent of registered voters turned out for the election.

Camp, who represents Ward 3, received 82 percent of the votes in defeating Donald Lowman, co-owner of Sharp A's Lounge in Gulfport.

"I think that we've got a winning team there," Camp said. "It would be hard to beat one of us now."

Camp campaigned on her work on the new City Hall building, the city's library expansion, upgraded sidewalks and Clam Bayou Nature Park, commonly known as Osgood Point.

Her work has not been limited to the council. She also has served on the City Charter Update Committee and on the Board of Adjustments and has worked as a real estate agent.

Phillips, who represents Ward 1, drew 75 percent of the votes in beating artist Pamela Clark-King, who received 17 percent, and Donald Morehead, an air-conditioning service technician, who had 8 percent.

Phillips could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

He is a retired teacher and former assistant director of civil defense for Putnam County, N.Y., where he was chief radiological officer.