Candidates readying for May 10 election
Now that the March primaries are over the next election event on the calendar is fast approaching.
Cities, school boards, county offices and special districts are gearing up for their election on Saturday, May 10. The following information is for contested races in the election.
City of Orange
Place 6 At-Large City Councilman and incumbent Charles Guillory will be facing challengers Cullin Smith and Larry Spears Jr.
Guillory is retired, Smith is in the real estate business and Spears is a safety, health and environmental coordinator.
City of Pinehurst
Two At-Large positions are up for grabs on the city council. Incumbent John Zerko will be running again. The other incumbent, Ron Cowling, is running for Precinct 2 County Commissioner and his city council seat is open.
The two challengers will be Mike Anderson and Suzy Permenter.
Anderson is retired and Permenter is an Orange County employee.
West Orange-Cove CISD
Four candidates will be running to fill two At-Large positions on the school board.
Ruth Hancock is retired, Sarah Jefferson Simon is a detective with Orange Police Department, Shirley Martin Joseph is a safety specialist for Jefferson Energy and Ricky Blagburn is a television director for Delta Downs.
Port of Orange-cove
Incumbent port director Keith Wallace will face Carroll Holt in May 10 election.
Wallace owns Reliable Cleaners while Holt is retired.
Orange County Drainage District
Incumbent Karl Stephenson, Precinct 3 drainage district director, will face challengers Hal LaPray and Woodrow “Woody” Dugas.
Mauriceville Municipal Utilities District
The Mauriceville MUD will have a busy election this May with candidates running for three At-Large positions on the board of directors.
The incumbents on the board are Tommy Smith and Bill Hutto. Challengers are Terry Block, Corey Oldsbury, Jon W. Sherwin and Nelda Burton.
Smith owns a feed stores in Mauriceville, Hutto is retired, Block is a project manager, Oldsbury is an engineer, Sherwin is an operations manager and Burton is a substitute teacher with the Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD.