The candidates are now lined up for local city council and school board races in May. The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Friday. The Bridge City school district and the City of Pinehurst will be able to cancel elections because only incumbents filed to run with no opposition. The Orangefield and Deweyville school boards had their elections in November. Early voting for the May 11 election will begin April 29 and go through May 7. The races are:
The Orange City Council is the only entity locally with single-member districts. A candidate running for a specific district must live in the district boundaries and only people who live in that district may cast a ballot for the race. The District 2 race will have incumbent Cullin Smith facing challenger Tommy Ferguson. District 4 incumbent Annette Pernell will be running against Mary McKenna. Bill Mello, who holds the at-large Position 5, will run unopposed.
The West Orange City Council has a contested race for the first time in several years. Mayor Roy McDonald is running unopposed. However, Wayne Wiggins will be challenging the two incumbents, Mike Trahan and Charles 'Chuck' Winter. The two candidates receiving the most votes will be seated in the two open positions.
Two of the three open positions for the Bridge City City Council have contested race. For Place 1, incumbent Kevin Mott will face former councilwoman Lucy Fields. Incumbent Robert Simonton Jr. is running against challenger Steve Quibodeaux for Place 3. Place 5 incumbent Richard Savoy is unopposed.
In Pinehurst, only incumbents Dan Mohon, Dan Barclay and Matt Chandler filed to run for the three at-large positions; so the city will be able to cancel the election
The Bridge City school district will also cancel its election and reseat the three incumbents who filed with no opposition. They are Rebecca Rutledge, Place 3; Thad Hill, Place 4; and Jerry McInnis, Place 5.
The West Orange-Cove school district had a last-minute filing Friday afternoon to make a total of five candidates running for three at-large positions. Bryan Thomas Mohammed filed to run against incumbents Harry Barclay, Rick Jacobs and Hardy O’Neal, along with Mary Ann Kirksey. The three candidates who receive the most votes will win the positions.
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville school board has three candidates vying for the Place 7 position currently held by Jason Woods. Woods was appointed to the seat in January when Danielle Heil resigned because she moved from the district. Woods has filed to run for the election and will be facing challengers Ron Borel and Blake Istre. Incumbent Rex Peveto has no opposition for his Place 6 seat.