The council had just canvassed the votes from the May 6 city elections, noting that Fulghum, the only candidate facing opposition this year, had defeated Ralph “Lee” Arismendez for the Ward 4 position.
Council members had also re-elected Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez to lead the council for another year when Martinez nominated the current mayor pro tem, Mike Scotten, to serve another year as the second in command on the council.
At that point, Councilman David Carabajal announced that he was “very proud” of the job that Scotten had done as mayor pro tem but he wanted to nominate Fulghum.
Fulghum is the longest-serving member of the council and had served as mayor pro tem with Mayor Kenneth Chesshir for many years.
When Chesshir resigned several years ago, Fulghum was elected mayor to succeed him.
But Martinez won the top spot on the council weeks later after being re-elected.
When Martinez called for the vote on the two nominees, he, Councilwoman Libby Spires and Scotten voted for Scotten.
Carabajal and Fulghum cast the two votes for Fulghum.
All three council members entering new, two-year terms, Martinez, Carabajal and Fulghum, thanked city residents for having faith in them for another term.
The council usually does not meet on Thursday nights but the May 29 meeting was called because the members had not been able to obtain the required quorum until then.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.