Let’s hear from the candidates

Published 8:26 am Saturday, February 25, 2017

As a service to the community, we will publish letters of introduction from the candidates to run on the Opinion page as submitted. This allows voters an opportunity to learn more about each candidate so citizens can make an informed decision when they are at the polls.

We would like to hear from those running for School Boards and City Councils

Letters should be approximately 550 words and the candidate will need to submit a photo and the article in digital format to dawn.burleigh@orangeleader.com


Contested races for the May 6, 2017 election are:

City of Orange Single Member District 3

Essie Bellfield*

Terrie T. Salter

Michael Smith


City of Orange At Large Place 6

Larry Spears, Jr.*

Veronica Woodle

Mary Ekene


West Orange Cove Consolidated ISD School Board

Ruth Hancock*

Tricia Stroud

Kianna Edwards-Brooks

Tommy Wilson Sr.


Little Cypress Mauriceville ISD Board of Trustees

Place 2

Barry L. Bates

Kevin Abernathy


Bridge City School Board

Place 6

Michael C. Johnson*

Michael Daniel McGee


Bridge City Council

Place 1

Carl Harbert

Phillip Todora Jr.