Orange, which is now a seven member district per a 2010 city charter amendment, will be represented by four single-member district represented seats, two at-large seats and a mayor. 

Three of the four open positions on the council this year have uncontested races.
Annette Pernell, a 48 year old Paralegal, is facing incumbent Jimmy Sims in the District 4 race.

“I think I am the better choice because I’m new and I’m fresh,” Pernell said. “I think I could bring a new set of ideas and help this city, District 4 in particular, excel and go forward.”

Pernell would like the see more and better sidewalks in Orange, as well as more lighting on the streets and a better sewage system.

“Whenever it rains, we’re always being flooded and that’s because [the city is] not cleaning out the sewage system like they should.

Jimmy Sims, who currently holds Place 2, will seek re-election by running for Place 4, which is a two-year term.  Sims has been on the Orange City Council for six years now. 
“I’m in my sixth year on the city council and fourth year on the Planning and Zoning Committee,” Sims said. “I’ve learned a lot in those years of city government. The longer you stay, the more your lean.

Cullin Smith will run unopposed for Place 2, which is a two-year term.

Bill Mello will seek re-election by running unopposed for Place 5.

Charles Guillory will run unopposed for Place 6, which will be a one or two year term to be determined after the election.

District 4, under the new single-member district system, includes the Old Orange Historic District, the Cove area and part of East Town. Only voters in that district will need to go to the polls and vote in the upcoming election.

Early voting will begin May 2 at the Orange Public Library. People who live in the district will vote at West Orange-Stark Middle School on Green Ave. on Election Day, Saturday May 14.

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