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January 28, 2014

Filing for city, school elections begins Wednesday

Filing for municipal and school board elections begins Wednesday for a election year that is already shaping up with the promise of a crowded field of candidates.

The filing period is from Jan. 29 to Feb. 28 for the Saturday, May 10 election, and already candidates in the cities of Port Arthur and Nederland, as well as their respective school districts, have declared intentions to place their names on the ballot.

In Port Arthur, six of the eight City Council seats are expiring.

The include: District 1, currently held by Raymond Scott Jr. Scott; District 2, held by Elizabeth “Liz” Segler; District 3, held by Morris Albright III; District 4, held by Robert Troy; Position 7, held by Derrick Freeman; and Position 8, held by Kerry “Twin” Thomas.

In November, former city of Port Arthur employee and longtime educator Mike Mason announced he planned to seek the District 1 Council seat. Incumbent Scott has also indicated he plans to seek re-election.

Scott has confirmed plans to run for a second term, and will make a formal announcement at a yet-to-be-determined date, but right now wants to assure the people of District 1 he plans to run again.

Reginald D. Trainer Sr., owner of Trainer Lock and Key Locksmith, announced last week his candidacy for the at-large Position 7 Council seat.

Incumbent Freeman  also plans to seek re-election.

Albright and Thomas have also stated intentions to file for re-election to the seats they currently hold.

Segler has not yet made a decision.

Troy has also indicated he is not ready to make a decision.

In May, Port Arthur residents passed a proposition to provide term limits for the mayor and council members. Instead of three consecutive terms as allowed in the existing charter, the mayor and council members would be limited to two consecutive three-year terms. The Proposition is effective beginning with those candidates winning this year’s election.

Candidates can begin filing Wednesday for a place on the May election ballot at City Secretary’s office at City Hall, 44 Fourth Street, Room 430.

Candidate filing forms and information documents are also available electronically at www.portarthur.net through the homepage Election Information link.

For further assistance call the City Secretary’s office at 409-983-8115.

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