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January 30, 2013

Filing opens for May 11 election

Wednesday is the first day qualified residents can file for the city, school board and special district elections that will be held May 11.

The cities of Groves and Port Neches and the Port Neches-Groves ISD hold their elections in November.

Port Arthur mayor, city council

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

March 1 is the last day to file for the May mayoral election.

The District 4 council seat is also up for grabs this year. Current District 4 Councilman Harold Doucet will vacate his seat because he has said he planned to run for mayor. Each position has a three-year term.

For the special District 4 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.

Candidates must file their election information packages with the city secretary, Sherri Bellard.

To run in the May election, candidates must be at least 21 years old, a resident of Texas and Port Arthur, and a registered voter. They must have lived in Port Arthur for at least the past 12 months, and they must have resided in District 4 — if planning to run for the council seat — for at least the past 6 months.

Candidates may not hold any other elected office.

Nederland City Council

Filing for two seats on Nederland City Council will begin on Wednesday. The seats held by Ward 1 Councilmember Talmadge Austin and Ward 3 Councilmember Don Albanese are up for grabs. Terms are for two years.

Persons seeking office need to be a resident of the city of Nederland for one year. Twenty-five signatures or $25 filing fee is required.

Filing runs though 5 p.m. March 1 at city hall, 1400 Boston Ave. For more information, call City Clerk Gay Ferguson at 723-1505.

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