Beaumont police investigating death of former mayoral candidate

Joshua Yates holds election signs as he xits outside the Jefferson County Courthouse amid a trickle of afternoon voters following early morninng long lines outside the polling site on the first day of early voting in Texas. Yates says he will work the polls every day all day throughout the election cycle. “I’ve adopted a polling site every day. When you want change, dedication is a very small price to pay,” he said. Photo taken Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Kim Brent/The Enterprise

Details are limited in the death of a former Beaumont mayoral candidate.

Joshua Yates, 34, was reported dead by Beaumont police on Saturday morning.

Just before 7:30 p.m. Friday, officers were called to a welfare check that ended up being a homicide in the 1500 block of Cartwright St, police said.

Officers did not give any indication as to how Yates was killed and in what state he was found.

Yates in 2019 ran unsuccessfully for the mayor’s seat in a five-way race that ultimately led to the re-election of then-Mayor Becky Ames.

The investigation is ongoing.

Written by Kaitlin Bain

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