Orangefield School Board incumbents not seeking re-election
The filing deadline has passed for the Orangefield Independent School District School Board. One thing is certain, there will be major changes in the board make-up as three of the four incumbents up for re-election have chosen not to run. Those leaving the board are Susan Gunstream, Thad Angelle and Donna Gail Ford. The only member running for re-election is Nancy Ashworth, president.
Ashworth holds Place III. Opposing her is retired Orangefield teacher and Orangefield Cormier Museum volunteer Jesse Fremont.
Ashworth, 41, has lived continuously in Orangefield for 15 years and did 22 years before also. She is a regional supervisor, married to Chris Ashworth. They have two children: Brittney, 16, is in the 11th grade and Hunter, 9, is in the fourth grade.
Fremont, 63, has lived in the district for 40 years and is married to Debbie Fremont. They have two grown daughters; Stepahnie Fremont Wofford and Nicole Fremont Ponzio.
Running for Place 1 is former school board member Van H. “Bo” Henley, 50, and Jaun Gonzales Jr., 40.
Henley has lived in the district 39 years and is an operator at DuPont Sabine River Works. Henley also volunteers at the museum. He and wife Tammy have two grown children that are both Orangefield graduates: Johnathan Henley, 31, and Amber Rickenbrode, 29.
Gonzales has lived in Orangefield for six years and is married to Whitney C. Gonzales. They have three children: Mason C. Gonzales, 11, is in the sixth grade; Colby R. Gonzales, 10, is in the fifth grade; and Carson A. Gonzales, 4. Gonzales is a sr. project engineer.
Vying for Place VI are two Orangefield graduates, Johnny Dorman, 62, who is also a former board member and Orthodontist Ronald K. Risinger, 49.
Risinger only returned to Orangefield seven years ago, but graduated in 1981. He is married to Lynn Risinger and they have three children: Logan, 11, is in the sixth grade; Dane, 16, is in the llth; and Brittney, 23, is a senior at Lamar University.
Dorman has lived in Orangefield for 60 years and is married to wife, Connie. They have two children, both graduates of Orangefield; Brandon, 34 and Craig, 33. Dorman is an electrical/instrument tech.
There are three candidates for Place VII: Jason Guidroz, 36; Richard Durkin, 45; and Brad Frye, 43.
Guidroz has lived in the district for two years. He is a deputy sheriff and is married to Erin Guidroz. They have five children: Bailey Guidroz, 15, is in the 10th grade; Emma Humplik, 9, is in the fourth grade; Jackson Humplik, 7, is in the second grade; Jeslyn Guidroz, 6, is in the first grade; and Colt Guidroz, 16 months old.
Durkin, a general contractor, has lived with his wife, Christine in the district for 13 years. They have two children; Cole, 20, is a sophomore in college; Callie, 16, is a junior at Orangefield High School.
Frye is the assistant chief of police in Bridge City. He has lived in Orangefield a total of 18 years. He and his wife, Sandy have two children: Brayden, 10, is in the fourth grade; and Savannah, 15, is in the 10th grade.
Board members not up for re-election until 2014 are: Wanda Woods, secretary; Donovan Weldon, treasurer and Jack Smith, vice president.
Photo: Thad Angelle is one of the incumbents that are not seeking re-election.