Filing for a place on the May election ballot begins today across Orange County and the rest of Texas.
Candidates wishing to file for positions on local city councils, school boards, drainage district, water districts and the port and navigation district may begin filing for places on the ballot on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The filing period ends Friday, Feb. 28. Early voting for the election period is from Monday, April 28 through May 6, 2014. Election Day is Saturday, May 10.
City of Orange
An election will be held for the Single Member District 3 seat, currently held by Essie Bellfield, as well as the at-large seat for Position 6, which is held by Charles Guillory. Candidates seeking the District 3 must reside within the district, while any Orange resident may file as a candidate for Position 6.
People interested in filing may contact City Secretary Rhonda Haskins at 409-883-1042 for more information.
City of West Orange
Three councilmembers have terms expiring in the City of West Orange this year.
Seats held by councilmembers Shirley Bonnin, Dale Dardeau and Mike Shugart will be open for filing beginning Wednesday. The seats are at-large position and any West Orange resident may file.
Also, the city will have the re-authorization of the its 0.25 percent tax dedicated for street maintenance on the ballot this year, and five charter amendments which council approved for placement on the ballot during Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Call Theresa Van Meter at 409-883-3468 for more information.
City of Pinehurst
The City of Pinehurst will most likely have a change to its council this May as one candidate has announced he will not seek re-election.
Terms are expiring for Mayor Joseph “Pete” Runnels, as well as councilmen John D. Zerko and Ron Cowling Sr. All positions are at-large.
Call the city secretary at 409-886-3873 for more information.