orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

April 27, 2013

Early voting for May general election begins Monday

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Let the voting begin!

Early voting for the May general election begins Monday across Orange County as voters will decide the outcome numerous races for seats on city council and school boards, as well as a bond election for one local school district.

Early voting begins Monday, April 29 and continues until Tuesday, May 7. Election day is Saturday, May 11.



ORANGE

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.

The early voting location is at the Orange Public Library. Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 29; Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 3; and Monday, May 6. Extended early voting hours are from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 and again on Tuesday, May 7.



WEST ORANGE

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.

Early voting hours for the City of West Orange election are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday, April 29 and Monday, May 6. From Tuesday, April 30 to Friday, May 3, and, on Tuesday, May 7, early voting hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The early voting location is West Orange City Hall, 2700 Western Ave.



BRIDGE CITY

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 change for the upcoming May 11 general election. The new polling location is the Bridge City Independent School District’s Administration Building, located at 1031 W. Roundbunch Road. There will be no voting during the early voting period or election day at the Bridge City High School gymnasium as in previous years.

Early voting is from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, April 29, through Friday, May 3, and 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7.



VIDOR

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.

Early voting will take place at Vidor Junior High School during the hours of 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 29; Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 3; and Monday, May 6. Extended voting hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 7.



WO-C CISD

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, will be opposed by new candidates Mary Ann Kirksey and Bryan “Chop” Thomas Muhammed.

Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 29; Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 3; and Monday, May 6. Extended early voting hours are from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 and again on Tuesday, May 7. The early voting location is at the Orange Public Library.



VIDOR ISD

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.

Early voting will take place at Vidor Junior High School during the hours of 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 29; Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 3; and Monday, May 6. Extended voting hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 7.



LC-M CISD

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 the older buildings, but to greatly improve security at each campus in the district.

Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 29; Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 3; and again on Monday, May 6. Extended voting hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 7. There are numerous voting locations for district patrons to utilize as well.

Voters may submit ballots at the Orange Public Library, 220 N. Fifth St. in Orange, the LC-M Education Center at 6579 FM 1130 and at the Mauriceville Volunteer Fire Department at 10691 State Highway 62 North for both the bond election and the Board of Trustees election.

Additional voting locations will be available during open house events at each campus, but are limited to strictly the hours and date listed.

• Little Cypress Junior High, 6765 FM 1130, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 30

• Little Cypress Intermediate, 2300 Allie Payne, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2

• LC-M High School, 7327 State Highway 87 North, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Monday, May 6

• Little Cypress Elementary, 5723 Meeks Drive, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7

• Mauriceville Middle School, 19952 FM 1130, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 7

• Mauriceville Elementary, 20040 FM 1130, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 7