Salter, Smith face run-off
Published 8:24 am Wednesday, May 10, 2017
By Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader
City of Orange faces a run-off election between Terrie T. Salter and Michael Smith for Single Member District 3 as 51 percent vote is required.
Essie Bellfield, the incumbent, lost her first election on Saturday. Bellfield has been involved in politics since 1951. She is also the first woman and first black mayor for the City Orange. She was once election Justice of the Peace for County Precinct 5, before the Appeals Court overruled the election.
“The courts said we could not have a fifth precinct,” Bellfield said. “We formed it so we could have representation on Commissioners Court.”
Terrie Salter said she is ready for round two with the run off election to be held in June.
The election will be canvased at a special call meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The council will schedule the runoff election after the canvassing of the votes. The expected date of the election is July 22, 2017.
Brad Childs, owner of Child’s Building Supply in Orange, is the only person who has filed for City of Orange Single Member District 2 by the deadline of Monday, May 8, 2017.
The seat was vacated by the resignation of Dr. Wayne Guidry. Guidry was named Superintendent of Hubbard ISD.
Orange County Emergency Services District 4 proposals failed at the election Saturday
To implement a 1.5 percent sales tax was For 134, Against 369.
To increase property taxes 3 cents per $100 valuation results were For 97, Against 399.
City of Orange Single Member District 3
Essie Bellfield* 126 27.16%
Terrie T. Salter 204 43.97%
Michael Smith 134 28.88%
There will be a run-off between Salter and Smith on June 17, 2017.
City of Orange At Large Place 6
Larry Spears, Jr.* 809 71.09%
Veronica Woodle 298 26.19%
Mary Ekene 31 2.72%
West Orange Cove Consolidated ISD School Board
Ruth Hancock* 418
Tricia Stroud 323
Kianna Edwards-Brooks 259
Tommy Wilson Sr. 515
Little Cypress Mauriceville ISD Board of Trustees
Randy McIlwain 351
Barry L. Bates 123
Kevin Abernathy 279
Marlene Courmier 350
Bridge City School Board
Michael C. Johnson* 375
Michael Daniel McGee 114
Mark Anderson* 391
Bridge City Council
Carl Harbert 183
Phillip Todora Jr. 148
Tammi Fisette 303
Terri Gauthier 294
Vidor ISD bond proposal failed 881-1276