Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
A total of 12 races and a bond election will be decided in seven local elections being held Saturday across Orange County.
Elections will be held from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, May 11, for positions on four city councils and three school districts Board of Trustees in Orange County.
Early voting ended this past Tuesday and each race had moderate numbers, except the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District which is holding a Trustee election and a $56 million bond election.
The City of Orange will have only two contested races this May.
Cullin Smith, the District 2 incumbent, will be opposed by challenger Tommy Ferguson, while Annette Pernell, incumbent for District 4, will be opposed by Mary McKenna.
Bill Mello, the incumbent for at-large Position 5, is unopposed.
Citizens voting in the District 2 race may do so from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, at Little Cypress Intermediate, 1950 Allie Payne Road. Voters in District 4 may submit ballots at West Orange-Stark Middle School, 1402 W. Green Ave.
A total of 482 ballots were submitted during the early voting period.
The City of West Orange is also set to have an election as three candidates seek two seats on city council.
Incumbents Mike Trahan and Charles Winter will seek re-election this May, but candidate Wayne Wiggins looks to make a run for a seat on the at-large council.
Mayor Roy McDonald is unopposed.
Residents may vote Saturday at West Orange City Hall, 2700 Western Avenue. A total of 45 ballots were submitted during the early voting period.
The City of Bridge City will have an election as well this May with two races being opposed.
Incumbent Kevin Mott, Place 1, will be opposed by former councilperson Lucy Fields this May, and Robert Simonton Jr., the Place 3 incumbent, will face challenger Steve Quibodeaux.
Richard Savoy, the Place 5 incumbent, is unopposed.
The City of Bridge City has announced a polling location change for Saturday’s general election. The new polling location is at the Bridge City Independent School District’s Administration Building, located at 1031 W. Roundbunch Road.
A total of 252 ballots were submitted by voters during the early voting period.
There will be two contested races in the City of Vidor this election.
Mayor Ken Crawford will seek re-election this May, but he will be opposed by current Ward 6 councilman Trey Haney. The other opposed race features candidates Justin Horsley and Michael Stephenson for the open seat in Ward 4.
Carl LeBoeuf, Ward 1, and Robert Viator Jr., Ward 6, will run unopposed in their respective races.
Saturday’s election will be held at Vidor Junior High School, 945 N. Tram Road. A total of 237 ballots were received during early voting.
The West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District’s Board of Trustees will have an election this year as five candidates seek the three at-large council positions.
The three incumbents, which include Harry Barclay, Ricky Jacobs and Hardy O’Neal, are opposed by new candidates Mary Ann Kirksey and Bryan “Chop” Thomas Muhammed.
There are four voting locations, depending upon which precinct you reside, for this year’s election.
Voters in precincts 1 and 2 will vote at West Orange-Stark Middle School, 1402 W. Green Ave. in Orange this Saturday.
Residents of Precincts 3, 4, and 5 will vote at North Early Learning Center, 801 Cordrey in Orange, while voters in precincts 8, 13, 14, and 15 will vote at the Salvation Army, 1950 N. Martin Luther King Drive in Pinehurst.
Voters of the West Orange-Cove school district in precincts 11, 12 and 24 will submit ballots at West Orange City Hall, 2700 Western Ave. in West Orange.
A total of 390 ballots were submitted during early voting this past week.
The Vidor Independent School District will have another big election featuring three contested races.
Candidate Dennis Hill will take on David Camp, a former VISD Trustee, for the seat in Position 3, which is currently held by Sheila Sarver who opted not to seek re-election.
Mike Kilmer, the Position 4 incumbent, has filed for re-election and will be opposed by Watson Franks.
Candidates Mike Marion and Mike Williams will battle it out for the Position 5 seat, which is currently held by Michael Quinn who did not file for re-election.
Saturday’s election will be held at Vidor Junior High School, 945 N. Tram Road. A total of 461 ballots were submitted during early voting.
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District will have an election this May as three candidates seek one of the two positions on the Board of Trustees.
Incumbent Jason Woods, Position 7, has filed for re-election and will be opposed by candidate Blake Istre. Rex Peveto, the incumbent for Position 6, will run unopposed. Ron Borel originally filed as a candidate for the position as well, but withdrew his name prior to the final deadline.
Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD is also holding a bond election this May and is seeking $56 million to make much needed repairs and new construction at many of its aging campuses.
A big point of the bond election is not only to replace older facilities, but to greatly improve security at each campus in the district.
Voters who reside in precincts 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9 may submit vote at Little Cypress Intermediate, 1950 Allie Payne Road in Orange. Voters in precincts 5, 16, 31 and 32 will be voting at Mauriceville Middle School 19952 FM 1130 in Mauriceville on Saturday.
The bond is generating a lot of voting interest as 1,506 ballots have been submitted in early voting.