Early voting for the May election is from April 24 to May 2
Published 6:00 am Monday, April 24, 2023
Filing for various seats in Jefferson and Orange counties ended Friday with many contested races.
Election Day is May 6
Early voting for the May election is from April 24 to May 2.
Port Arthur and Mid County:
City of Port Arthur
Six spots are open on city council.
District 1: Willie “Bae” Lewis and Tierany S. DeCuir
District 2: Tiffany L. Hamilton and Armando Ruiz
District 3: Charles Joseph, Charlie Lewis Jr., Doneane Beckcom and Wanda Lewis Bodden
District 4: Allen “Opie” Valka, Harold L. Doucet, Kenneth Marks and Alicia Gayle Marshall
Position 5: Cal J. Jones, Matthews Christian Jr., Thomas J. Kinlaw III, and Allen Jacobs Jr.
Position 6: Donald Ray Frank Sr. and Chuck Vincent
Port Arthur Independent School District
Two spots are open on PAISD.
Candidates include Nina Stelly, Regina Drake, Kenneth Lofton Sr., Lloyd Marie Johnson and Dr. Johnny Brown.
City of Nederland
Two spots are open on City Council.
Ward 1: Brent Duplant, Curtis Stratton and Blaine Seymour
Ward 2: Randy Sonnier
Nederland Independent School District
Two spots are open on NISD and only the incumbents, Kay DeCuir and Jerry Albanese, have filed.
Sabine Pass Independent School District
There are two seats up for election on SPISD school board. Filing information was not available Friday afternoon.
Sabine Pass Port Authority
Three seats are up for election in the Sabine Pass Port Authority race.
Candidates are Suzette Lee Chumley, Linden Paul Berg, Rocky Keltz and Rebecca Dean Dolan.
In Orange County:
Three seats are open on Bridge City City Council.
Place 1: Aaron Roccaforte
Place 3: Bryant Champagne and Kenneth Prosperie
Place 5: Terri Gauthier
Bridge City Independent School District
Two seats are open on BCISD board of trustees and only the incumbents, Place 6 Michael C. Johnson and Place 7 Mark Anderson, have filed.
Orange City Council
Orange City Council has two seats up for election.
District 3 (single member district): Terry Turner Salter
Place 6 (three year term): Paul Birch and Henry Junior Leger
West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District
Two seats up for election in WOCCISD.
Candidates are Ruthie Hancock, Tommy Wayne Wilson Sr. and Nia Lewis
City of West Orange
Three seats are up for election on West Orange City Council.
Candidates include Randy Branch, who has filed for reelection for mayor, and Meritta Kennedy, who has filed for reelection to city council.
A complete list of candidates was not available Friday afternoon.
Little Cypress-Mauriceville Independent School District
Three seats are open on the LC-MISD board with only the incumbents filing: Place 1 Clinton Temple, Place 2 Joshua Fisher and Place 5 Kevin Wallace.
City of Vidor
The mayor’s seat and three council seats are up for election in the City of Vidor.
The contested race is the Ward 6 race. Candidates are Victoria M. Jones, Kathryn Weldon, and Lisa M. Harris.
Mayor Misty Songe did not draw an opponent, nor did Ward 1 incumbent Mercedes Lee or Ward 4 incumbent Jessica Barker.
Vidor Independent School District
Five seats are up on Vidor ISD school board.
The latest candidate list as of Feb. 13 includes:
Position 1: incumbent Gina VanDevender
Position 4: Natalie Long and Dr. Billy Jordan
Position 5: Brooke Gilthorpe
Position 6: Rollie Burr
Position 7: Bret Howard, Jeremiah Harrington, and Michael Helms