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Election Day Saturday

The cities of Nederland and Port Arthur are in the midst of elections with both hosting mayoral races and Nederland Independent School District has two bond proposals on the ballot. Early voting totals for Nederland soared as the city and school district tallied 3,219 votes.

Port Arthur, which has a mayoral race, a Sabine Pass port authority race and a navigation district commissioner race, had a turnout of

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Port Arthur Ballot


  • Charles “Chuck” Vincent
  • Willie “Bae” Lewis Jr.
  • Thurman “Bill” Bartie
  • Lowra A. Harrison
  • Derrick Ford Freeman

Sabine Pass Port Authority


  • Suzette Chumley
  • Lin Berg
  • Ricky Keltz
  • Becky Dolan

Port of Port Arthur Navigation District


  • Mark L. Underhill
  • Raymond C. Johnson
  • Randy T. Martin

Nederland Ballot


  • Jeff Ortiz
  • Don Albanese

Councilmember, Ward II

  • Billy Neal

Councilmember, Ward III (Unexpired term)

  • Emmett Hollier

Councilmember, Ward IV

  • Sylvia Begnaud Root
  • David M. Guillot

Summary of charter amendments

Amendment A

This amendment would require candidates running for city council members to live within the wards they wish to represent for a year prior to the election.

Amendment B

This amendment would require councilmembers to fill a vacancy by council vote if the unexpired term is fewer than 12 months. Any vacancy greater than 12 months must be filled by a special election within 120 days after the vacancy occurs.

Amendment C

This amendment states before the city should be found liable for any damages for any personal injury or property damage, one must give the city written notice within 60 days of the damage. The letter must include details about the damage, as well as any witnesses.

Nederland Independent School District

Proposition A ($155.6 million)

– New high school

– Upgrades and renovations to existing elementary schools and middle schools

– Technology upgrades

– Safety and security improvements

Proposition B ($4.5 million)

– Upgrades, renovations and improvements to the district’s stadium