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February 9, 2013

Candidate filings for May election taking shape

ORANGE — The May general election looks to be an interesting one with a few races already on tap and more sure to follow.

The City of Orange will have all three incumbents facing challengers on May 11 as each race is being opposed. District 2 councilperson Cullin Smith will be opposed by Tommy Ferguson, while incumbent Annette Pernell will face Mary McKenna for the District 4 seat. Incumbent Bill Mello, who currently holds the Position 5 at-large seat, will be unopposed as of Wednesday after candidate Nancy Gilliam Byers withdrew her application for personal reasons.

Bridge City

The City of Bridge City looks to have an election this May as well.

Kevin Mott, Place 1 incumbent councilman, will seek re-election for a final term, but he will be face opposition from former Bridge City councilperson Lucy Fields, who has also tossed her name into race.

Place 3 councilman Robert Simons Jr. has also filed to seek re-election for another term. No people, including incumbent Richard Savoy, have yet to file for the Place 5 seat.

West Orange

Three positions are open for filing this election year in the City of West Orange.

As of Wednesday, only incumbent Mayor Roy McDonald has filed for a place on the ballot, while incumbent councilmen Mike Trahan and Charles Winter have yet to file. No new challengers have applied.

Pinehurst

After one week of filing, only incumbent councilman Dan Mohon has signed up for a place on the ballot and another term in office. Fellow councilmembers Dan Barclay and Matt Chandler have yet to file and no opposition has signed up at this time.

Vidor

In the City of Vidor, another big election year could be brewing if rumors prove true.

However, only one new candidates, Robert Viator Jr., has filed for a place on the ballot as he will seek election for the Ward 6 seat which is currently held by Trey Haney.

Haney has yet to file for re-election, nor have fellow incumbents Mayor Ken Crawford, Lynda Courtney, Ward 1; and Mallie Bickham, Ward 4.

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