By Tommy Mann Jr. – The Record

With early voting now officially over, election day looms ahead for this Saturday.

Election day for the uniform election is from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, May 7, for several local races involving officials with school boards, city councils and a water district.

The Bridge City Independent School District election has generated the most turnout of all local races for the May 7 election. A total of 731 ballots have been submitted during the early voting period through Monday, May 2. A final early voting figure was not immediately available before press time on Tuesday evening.

The races on the ballot include Rebecca Rutledge, the Place 3 incumbent, who is being opposed by Bryan Gremillion, and Place 4 incumbent, Thad Hill, who is opposed by challenger Bryant Champagne. In Place 5, incumbent Jerry McInnis is opposed by candidate Brandy Slaughter.

The City of Bridge City has three races on the ballot this Saturday, and these races have generated a sizable turnout as 509 ballots have been submitted in person and through the U.S. mail through Monday, May 2. A final early voting figure was not immediately available before press time on Tuesday evening.

Mayor Kirk Roccaforte and Place 2 councilman Mike Reed have reached term limits and cannot seek re-election for those respective positions.

Roccaforte has filed for the Place 2 council position and is being opposed by challenger Carl Harbert.

In Place 4, incumbent Eric Andrus is seeking re-election and is opposed by candidate Phillip Todora Jr., while Place 6 councilman Danny Cole is opposed by former Bridge City councilmembers, Lucy Fields and Kevin Mott, in his bid for re-election.

Current Place 1 councilman David Rutledge filed for the open position of Mayor and is unopposed on Saturday’s ballot.

The Bridge City Independent School District and City of Bridge City will share the Bridge City ISD Administration Building, 1031 W. Roundbunch Road in Bridge City, as a voting location on Saturday, May 7.

The City of Orange has only one race on the May ballot. Incumbent Mary McKenna of District 4 is being opposed by former councilmember Annette Pernell. Incumbents Dr. Wayne Guidry, District 2, and Bill Mello, Place 5, are unopposed.

A total of 179 ballots were submitted in person and through the U.S. mail through early voting following Monday, May 2. A final early voting figure was not immediately available before press time on Tuesday evening.

The City of Orange will utilize West Orange-Stark Middle School, 1402 Green Ave. in Orange, as its voting location on Saturday, May 7.

The election for the West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District whas five candidates seeking three at-large positions on the Board of Trustees.

Incumbent Linda Platt-Bryant is seeking re-election to the Board of Trustees and is being opposed by four candidates, including former WO-C CISD Trustees Ricky Jacobs and Tony Dallas, as well as new candidates Demetrius Hunter and Bonnie Moses. Bryan Thomas Muhammad initially filed for re-election but withdrew following the filing deadline and prior to the withdrawal deadline in late February.

After Monday’s (May 2) early voting, a total of 527 ballots had been submitted in person and through the U.S. mail. A final early voting figure was not immediately available before press time on Tuesday evening.

The West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District will utilize four voting locations on election day, Saturday, May 7. Locations are West Orange-Stark Middle School, 1402 Green Ave. in Orange; North Early Learning Center, 801 Cordrey Ave. in Orange; West Orange City Hall, 2700 Western Ave. in West Orange; and Salvation Army, 1950 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Pinehurst.

The Orange County Water Control and Improvement District  No. 2 is having an election for the first time in several years for its Board of Directors as incumbents Jerry Foreman and Linda Primeaux, who are seeking re-election, are being opposed by new candidate, Grayling Mouton.

A total of 71 ballots have been submitted in early voting through Monday, May 2, which includes ballots submitted in person and ballots received in the mail.

Voters in the water district will be able to submit ballots on Saturday, May 7, at West Orange City Hall, 2700 Western Ave. in West Orange.