Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
With the longest primary in the history of mankind finally behind us, it’s time to start talking elections. Again.
The filing period for city council seats and school board positions begins Wednesday, Jan. 30 and continues through Friday, March 1. Election day is Saturday, May 11, 2013.
People wishing to vote in the May 11 election, but who are not registered, may register until Thursday, April 11, 2013.
The first day to apply for a ballot by mail is Tuesday, March 12. Early voting is Monday, April 29 through Tuesday, May 7.
The City of Orange has three councilmembers with terms expiring this election year, including seats held by Cullin Smith, District 2; Annette Pernell, District 4; and Bill Mello, At-large Position 5.
People interested in running for office may obtain a packet from the city secretary at City Hall beginning Jan. 30.
The City of West Orange also has three positions expiring this election.
Mayor Roy McDonald’s term is set to expire on May 11, as are the at-large council positions held by Mike Trahan and Charles Winter.
Applications for a place on the ballot are available in the office of the city secretary at City Hall, 2700 Western Ave.
Three at-large alderman positions are expiring this year in the City of Pinehurst as well. Terms are expiring for Dan Barclay, Dan Mohon and for Matt Chandler, who is currently filling the unexpired term of William D. Triggs. Triggs resigned in June 2012.
Candidate packets may be picked up at Pinehurst City Hall, 2497 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from Jan. 30 through March 1. All applications for a place on the ballot must be received in the City Secretary’s office by 5 p.m., March 1.
A total of three council positions are open for election this year in Bridge City.
Terms expiring are for councilmen Kevin Mott, Place 1; Robert Simonton Jr., Place 3; and Richard Savoy, Place 5. Both Mott and Simonton are only eligible to serve one more term in office, if they seek re-election this year.
Applications can be obtained from the City Secretary's office at City Hall, 260 Rachal, Bridge City, Texas.
The City of Vidor has the most candidates with terms expiring this year.
Seats open for filing include Mayor Ken Crawford, Lynda Courtney, Ward 1; Mallie Bickham, Ward 4; and Trey Haney, Ward 6.
Candidate packets are available at City Hall, 1395 N. Main in Vidor, from the city secretary or the payroll clerk.
The City of Pine Forest, located north of Vidor, has three seats open for filing for the May 2013 election.
Terms are expiring for Mayor Joey Peno, and councilmen John Davis and Jason Dunwoody, Place 1 and Place 3, respectively.
Candidate applications are available from Lilith Sutherland, city secretary, at Pine Forest City Hall, 305 Nagel Street, during the hours of 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Friday.
The City of Rose City has three seats set to expire this May.
Terms expiring include Mayor David Bush, and two at-large seats held by councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Hernando Ramos and councilman Chad Landry.
People interested in obtaining an election packet may do so from the city secretary at City Hall, 370 Rose City Drive.
West Orange-Cove CISD
Four of the five school districts in Orange County could potentially have elections this May, as Orangefield ISD held its school board election this past November.
The West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District has three at-large seats on the Board of Trustees up for election this May. These positions are currently held by Harry Barclay, Hardy O’Neal and Ricky Jacobs.
Candidate packets can be obtained by from Bonnie Tegge, the superintendent’s secretary, at the West Orange-Cove CISD Administration Building, 505 N. 15th St. in Orange.
Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD
Two positions on the LC-M CISD Board of Trustees have terms expiring this May. These seats are currently held by Rex Peveto and Jason Woods, Place 6 and Place 7, respectively.
People interested in running for a place on the May ballot may pick up an application packet at the LC-M CISD Administration Building, 6856 FM 1130 in Orange between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Bridge City ISD
There are three school board seats on the Bridge City Independent School District’s Board of Trustees with terms expiring this year.
Trustees with expiring terms are Rebecca Rutledge, Place 3; Thad Hill, Place 4; and Jerry McInnis, Place 5.
Applications for a place on the Bridge City ISD School Board Election ballot may be filed from Jan. 30 through March 1, 2013. Applications may be received at the Bridge City ISD Administration Building, 1031 W. Roundbunch Rd., Bridge City, Texas any weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may click on the “School Board” tab of the district’s website at www.bridgecityisd.net or call 409-735-1511 if additional assistance is required.
The Vidor Independent School District has had two consecutive years of high voter turnout during elections and new Trustees elected into three of four positions, so many eyes will be watching to see what transpires this year.
Three seats on the Board of Trustees are expiring this May, including seats held by Sheila Sarver, Position 3; Mike Kilmer, Position 4; and Michael C. Quinn, Position 5.
Candidate applications are available from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Vidor ISD Administration Building, 120 E. Bolivar St. in Vidor.