Nolanville City Council Candidates Forum

Nolanville mayoral candidates Christina Rosenthal, left, listens to Denise Hungerford as she answers a question during a Nolanville City Council candidate forum Thursday evening at the J.W. Sims Community Center.

NOLANVILLE — Voters chose Christina Rosenthal to be the city’s new mayor over Denise Hungerford by a margin of 59 votes, according to unofficial Bell County election results Tuesday. Rosenthal received 374 votes to Hungerford’s 315.

Nolanville’s former mayor, Charlie L. Stewart, forfeited his seat in September after missing three consecutive council meetings while sitting in Bell County Jail on sexual assault charges. Mayor Pro Tem Brenda Huckaba presided over meetings after his departure.

Rosenthal, 40, said she was excited about her win.

“I was going to go to sleep and wake up and let it be a surprise but everyone keeps calling me,” she said Tuesday night after Precinct 111 results were reported. “I’m not surprised, not disappointed. I’ve got butterflies, because it’s something new for me and I’m excited to get going.”

In the only other contested city race, Robert Meeks defeated Duane G. Hampton and Randy Sammons for the unexpired Seat 4 on the City Council.

Although Meeks earned some bad publicity over his Oct. 10 arrest on charges of aggravated assault, evading arrest and resisting arrest following an early-morning domestic call, he still managed to garner 61 more votes than Hampton; Meeks had 270 votes to Hampton’s 209 and Sammons’ 136.

Hampton was appointed to Seat 4 in November 2011 after the resignation of councilman Miguel A. Aviles.

When contacted by phone late Tuesday night, Meeks was unaware of his victory at the polls.

“I didn’t know. I’m really surprised,” he said. “But I feel great. I guess I’m a little ecstatic right now. I need to think about it, really,”

He declined to comment about his arrest.

In uncontested races, Dennis Biggs was elected to Seat 1 and Sherese Karlsson to Seat 2.

Contact Kristi Johnson at or (254) 501-7548

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