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November 6, 2012

Election Day is here

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ORANGE — Local races

Locally, there will be five contested county races this election year as well as one school board election.

The open County Court at Law seat will feature Republican candidate Mandy White-Rogers against Democrat nominee Mike Abbott.

Two seats are up for election on the Orange County Commissioners Court, and each race features well known figures.

Incumbent David Dubose, a Republican, will take on challenger, and former county commissioner, Democratic nominee James Stringer for the County Commissioner Precinct 1 seat, while Democratic incumbent John Dubose is being opposed by Republican candidate John Banken for the County Commissioner seat in Precinct 3.

There are also two races on the ballot this November for Orange County Constable.

The Precinct 1 race will feature Republican incumbent Chris Humble and, his opponent, Democratic candidate Sarah Jefferson-Simon, while the race for Precinct 2 features Democratic candidate Lynn Arceneaux against Republican candidate David A. Cagle.

OISD

The Orangefield Independent School District has an election every two years, and this year’s is shaping up to be like no other in recent memory for the local school district.

A total of nine candidates are seeking four open school board seats. This school board race has OISD residents coming out in record numbers as well as 644 people submitted ballots during the 11-day early voting period.

School board seats for Place I, Place III, Place VI and Place VII are up this election. Three seats are vacant and will feature new Trustees as previous Trustees Susan Gunstream, Donna Gail Ford and Thad Angelle have chosen not to seek re-election.

Place I candidates are Juan Gonzales Jr. and Van H. “Bo” Henley. Place III incumbent Nancy Ashworth is being opposed by Jesse B. Freemont.

The battle for the Place VI seat features John Dorman against Ronald K. Risinger, and three candidates, Brad Frye, Richard Durkin and Jason Guidroz, are looking to win the Place VII position.

OISD patrons at Box 23, which is the Orangefield High School library, will be able to vote in both the general election and the OISD at the same location, as will those district patrons voting at Box 22 at Pecan Acres Baptist Church on Duncan Woods Lane in Vidor.

Residents who are voting at Boxes 13, 30 and 32, which is the Texas Department of Transportation on State Highway 62 in Orange, will only be able to vote in the OISD election at this location and must go to a separate location for the general election.

District patrons voting at Box 15, which is also the TxDOT office, can vote in both elections at this site.

People may call the Orange County Election Administrator’s office at 409-882-7973 with questions on any of the local races, including Orangefield ISD.

Election Day is from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., today, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Stay up to date on election results at www.orangeleader.com throughout election night.

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