Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
Early voting begins this Monday for several local city governments, school districts and county agencies for the May general election.
Early voting for the general election to be held on Saturday, May 10, will begin this Monday, April 28 and continue through Friday, May 2, and resume Monday, May 5 and conclude on Tuesday, May 6. Hours for early voting will vary depending on location and what entity is holding the election.
The City of Orange will feature three candidates seeking the seat for Position 6. Incumbent Charles Guillory will be opposed by Cullin Smith and Larry Spears Jr. Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Public Library on both Mondays, as well as Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Voting hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 6.
The West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District will have four candidates seeking two open positions this election. Candidates include Sarah Jefferson-Simon, Ruth H. Hancock, Ricky Blagburn and Shirley (Martin) Joseph.
Early voting hours for this election are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Public Library on both Mondays, as well as Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Voting hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 6.
The City of Pinehurst will utilize the same early voting location and hours being used by the City of Orange and West Orange-Cove CISD for its election, which features three candidates trying to secure two seats on council. Incumbent John D. Zerko will be opposed by candidates George “Mike” Anderson and Suzy Permenter.
The City of West Orange will not have an election for its council positions, but the city will have the re-authorization of the its 0.25 percent tax dedicated for street maintenance on the ballot. Also, the city will have several charter amendments which council approved for placement on the ballot and voters must decide upon.
Extended early voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, April 28 and Monday, May 5. Early voting continues from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 through Friday, May 2, and again on Tuesday, May 6.
The City of Vidor and Vidor Independent School District will share an early voting location, which is the Vidor ISD Administration Building. Early voting hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., both Monday, as well as Wednesday through Friday. Voting hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 6.
Kimberly Crossley will seek to retain her seat in Position 6 on the Vidor ISD Board of Trustees. She will be opposed by Paul Devon Davis.
The City of Vidor will feature five candidates seeking two seats on council. Incumbent Jay Odom is seeking re-election to his seat in Ward 2 and will face challengers Matt Ortego and George Turner. In Ward 3, incumbent Jason Woodard is being challenged by candidate Rusty Morris.
Incumbent Karl Stephenson has filed to retain his seat with the Orange County Drainage District in Precinct 3 and is being opposed by challengers Woodrow “Woody” Dugas and Hal LaPray.
Early voting will take place at two locations for the drainage district. The first location is at the Vidor ISD Administration Building, which follows the above listed days and hours.
The second location is at the Orange County Drainage District itself, 8081 Old Highway 90 in Orange. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., both Mondays, and Wednesday through Friday. Voting hours are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., on Tuesday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 6.
The Orange County Navigation and Port District will have an election too, as Precinct 1 board member Keith Wallace is opposed by new candidate, Carroll Holt.
Voters will have several options as far as locations are concerned with this election. Locations include the Orange Public Library and Vidor ISD Administration building and will follow the hours and days listed above for each.
Early voting for the Orange County Navigation and Port District will take place at the Orangefield ISD Administration building and Bridge City ISD Administration building from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., both Mondays, and Wednesday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 6.
Other early voting locations for this race include the Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD Administration building and the Mauriceville Volunteer Fire Department. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., both Mondays, and Wednesday through Friday. Extended hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 6.
City of Orange
Charles Guillory* - Position 6
Cullin Smith - Position 6
Larry Spears Jr. - Position 6
City of Pinehurst
John D. Zerko*
George “Mike” Anderson
City of Vidor
Jay Odom* - Ward 2
Matt Ortego - Ward 2
George Turner - Ward 2
Jason Woodard* - Ward 3
Rusty Morris - Ward 3
West Orange-Cove CISD
Ruth H. Hancock
Shirley (Martin) Joseph
Sarah Jefferson Simon
Kimberly Crossley* - Position 6
Paul Devon Davis - Position 6
Orange County Navigation and Port District
Keith Wallace* - Precinct 1
Carroll Holt - Precinct 1
Orange County Drainage District
Karl Stephenson* - Precinct 3
Hal LaPray - Precinct 3
Woodrow “Woody” Dugas - Precinct 3
City of West Orange
Sales tax re-authorization