Election filing ongoing in Mid County

Published 12:10 am Saturday, August 3, 2019

Election filing continues for seats on Groves and Port Neches city councils and for a position on the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District board of trustees.

Groves city

Seats for Ward 1 Councilmember Chris Borne and longtime Ward 3 Councilmember Sidney Badon are up for election.

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Badon has filed for reelection and has drawn an opponent, Barbara Hansen Edington.

Borne, who was appointed to the seat after former Councilman Cross Coburn lost a recall election in November, has filed for the seat, according to information from the city of Groves.

Terms for council seats are for two years and there is a $25 filing fee. Interested applicants must reside in the city at least six months preceding and live in the ward they represent.

Groves City Hall is located at 3947 Lincoln Ave., Groves. For more information, call the city secretary at 409-960-5773.

Port Neches city

In Port Neches, the seats held by Place 1 councilmember Chris McMahon and Place 2 councilmember Adam Anders are open.

McMahon has filed for reelection. Anders told The Port Arthur News in July that he planed to file.

Applicants must live in the city at least one year prior to the preceding election and there is a $100 filing fee. In lieu of the fee the city will accept a petition signed by a minimum of 25 qualified voters in the city.

Seats are at-large.

For more information on how to file, call the city secretary’s office at 727-2182. City Hall is located at 1005 Merriman, Port Neches.


In PNGISD, the Place 4 seat currently held by Lana Parker and Place 5 seat held by Brandon Cropper are up for grabs.

Cropper, who earned his seat in 2016 when he defeated longtime trustee Rodney Balsamo, filed for reelection this week, Cheryl Jourdan with PNGISD confirmed.

Parker, who retired from the school board in December after serving the Place 2 spot for 91/2 years, was appointed to the Place 4 seat when then trustee Mark Holmes quit in April.

She filed for the Place 4 seat on July 22, the first day of filing.

The terms for trustees are for three years and there is no fee to file.

Candidates can file for the Place 4 or Place 5 seat at the PNGISD Administration Building, 620 Ave. C, Port Neches.

The administration office’s hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. The office will be open until 5 p.m. Aug. 19, the last day to file.