ORANGE — A week remains in the filing period for the May election and several races are beginning to take shape. As of Friday, six of the city councils and school boards in Orange County look to have an election on May 11, 2013.
The City of Orange will be one of at least six elections this May. The District 2 incumbent, Cullen Smith, 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 currently unopposed.
The City of West Orange will also be having an election this May as resident Wayne Wiggins will challenge incumbents Mike Trahan and Charles Winter for a spot on city council. Mayor Roy McDonald is currently unopposed.
An election is on tap in Bridge City as well with two council positions having races this year.
Kevin Mott, Place 1 incumbent, will be opposed by former councilperson Lucy Fields this May, and Robert Simonton Jr., the Place 3 councilman, will take on challenger Steve Quibodeaux. Richard Savoy, Place 5 incumbent, is currently unopposed.
The City of Vidor will also have an election this year, and it’s a battle for the top spot.
Incumbent Mayor Ken Crawford has filed to seek re-election and he will be opposed by current Ward 6 councilman, Trey Haney. Candidate Robert Viator Jr. has filed for the Ward 6 seat.
Incumbents Lynda Courtney and Mallie Bickham, Ward 1 and Ward 4, respectively, have yet to file for re-election and no new challengers have come forward as of Friday.
Incumbent councilmen Dan Barclay, Matt Chandler and Dan Mohon have all filed for re-election in Pinehurst. No other candidates have filed.
Filing for open positions in Rose City has been slow thus far, as only Mayor David Bush has filed for re-election. Incumbents Hernando Ramos and Chad Landry have yet to file, nor have any new candidates.