, Port Arthur, Texas

January 9, 2013

'Port Arthur is crumbling'

Brooke Crum
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — With District 4 Councilman Harold Doucet throwing his hat into the mayoral race this year, the city of Port Arthur must hold a special election to fill his soon-to-be-empty chair.

While the earliest date to file for the May election is Jan. 31, Doucet announced his bid for mayor in early October.

Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince has said she planned to run for mayor again. If she were elected, this would be Prince’s last term as the mayor of Port Arthur. She is currently serving her second three-year term as mayor.

Candidates have from Jan. 31 until March 1 to file for the regular May election.

For the special election — which will be part of the regular May election — candidates have from Feb. 9 until March 11 to file. District 4 encompasses the area from Texas 73 to West Port Arthur Road to U.S. 69, excluding the Jack Brooks Regional Airport.

Warren Field, 71, ran against Doucet last year for the District 4 council seat. But after actively attending council meetings and speaking with members of the community, Field said he had no desire to run for City Council again.

“I learned too much,” he said.

Field realized while he was out “in the trenches” that people do not know who their representatives are on the council. And hardly a soul shows up at the City Council meetings to represent the community, Field said.

“I’m getting a little old for this,” he said.

What this city really needs is “new blood,” Field said. He would like to see some younger faces on the council who have the experience and the education to make some real changes — and set a real example.

“There’s a way to turn things around,” he said. “That’s one reason I got involved. I didn’t think things were moving fast enough.”

But Field feels like he can better serve his city while not holding a seat on the City Council, he said. He’ll still go to the meetings though to keep an eye on what is happening at City Hall.

Robert Troy, 69, believes he would be the best person to represent his district at City Hall. Troy said he planned to run for the District 4 council seat this year in the district where he has spent the past 20 years.

The retired merchant seaman was born and raised in Port Arthur, so he feels like he is knowledgeable of the area and the politics that accompany it, he said. If elected, Troy said he wanted to focus on the foundation of the city.

“A city is only as good as its infrastructure, and without infrastructure, the streets crumble,” he said. “Port Arthur is crumbling.”


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