By Dave Rogers

For the Record

Voters in Bridge City chose a new city council member and re-elected a school board member in that community’s only two contested races in Saturday’s election.

Carl Harbert defeated Phillip Todora, Jr. in the vote for City Council Place 1, garnering 56 percent of the votes.

Both candidates had run unsuccessfully for council in 2016.

Michael Johnson retained his Place 6 seat on the Bridge City ISD school board, winning 77 percent of the vote against challenger Michael Daniel McKee.

Tommy Wilson and incumbent Ruth Hancock were the top two vote-getters in West Orange-Stark’s four-way race for two at-large board seats.

They won the spots with 515 and 418 votes, respectively, while Tricia Stroud garnered 323 votes and Kianna Edwards-Brooks 259.

In the Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district’s only contested race, Kevin Abernathy earned 69 percent (279) of the 402 votes cast to defeat Barry Bates (31 percent) for Place 2.

The cities of Pinehurst and West Orange canceled their elections after only incumbents filed to run.

Thus, T.W. Permenter, Dan Mohon and Sarah McClendon were declared re-elected in Pinehurst and Mayor Roy McDonald and council members Carl Thibodeaux and Frances Droddy-Lopez in West Orange.

In Bridge City, council members Tammi Fisette and Terri Gauthier were unopposed for re-election, as was Bridge City school board member Mark Anderson.

Randy McIlwain and Marlene Courmier ran unopposed for re-election to the LCMCISD board.