Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
There will be seven elections in Orange County when May 11 arrives.
A total of seven cities and school boards will have elections this year after Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline arrived. The cities of Orange, West Orange, Bridge City and Vidor will have contested races on May 11, as will the school boards for Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Vidor and the West Orange-Cove school districts.
After a quick start to the filing process, there will be only two contested races in the City of Orange this May.
Cullen 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.
Three candidates have filed for two seats on city council, so this City of West Orange is also set to have an election.
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.
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.
Although there is only one contested race in the City of Vidor this election year, there will be several changes to the council.
Mayor Ken Crawford will seek re-election this May, but he will be opposed by current Ward 6 councilman Trey Haney.
Incumbents Lynda Courtney and Mallie Bickham, Ward 1 and Ward 4, respectively, have chosen not to seek re-election.
Candidates Justin Horsley and Michael Stephenson have both filed for the open seat in Ward 4, while candidates include Carl LeBoeuf, Ward 1, and Robert Viator Jr., Ward 6, will run unopposed.
Incumbent councilmen Dan Barclay, Matt Chandler and Dan Mohon have all filed for re-election in Pinehurst and will run unopposed.
Mayor David Bush and incumbent councilmen Hernando Ramos and Chad Landry have filed for re-election this May and will be unopposed.
Incumbent Mayor Joe Peno and Jason Dunwoody, Place 5 incumbent, have both filed for re-election, while candidate Darrell E. Talcott has filed for the Place 1 seat, currently held by John Davis who has opted not to file for another term in office. All positions will be unopposed.
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, have filed for re-election, but they will be opposed by new candidates Mary Ann Kirksey and Bryan Thomas Muhammed.
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 new candidates Ron Borel and Blake Istre. Rex Peveto, the incumbent for Position 6, will run unopposed.
The Vidor Independent School District looks to be having another big election.
Three positions are open this May and all three will be opposed 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.
Bridge City ISD
All incumbents on the Board of Trustees in the Bridge City Independent School, Rebecca Rutledge, Place 3, Thad Hill, Place 4, and Jerry McInnis, Place 5, have filed for re-election and are unopposed.