Council run-off set for Saturday
By Dave Rogers
For The Record
Orange City Council will have a new District 3 representative by bedtime Saturday.
The June 17 run-off between small business owners Terrie Salter and Michael Smith comes five weeks after the two political newcomers out-polled incumbent Essie Bellfield in a three-way race.
Since neither Salter, 46, or Smith, 42, earned a majority (50 percent plus one) in the May 6 general election, a run-off is in order.
Early voting ended Tuesday.
The only polling spot open for Saturday’s election day will be at North Early Learning Center, 801 Cordrey Ave., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A total of 406 ballots were cast in the District 3 race in May, with Salter earning 204 (44 percent) and Smith 134 (29 percent).
In that May election, incumbent Larry Spears Jr. won a second term to the Place 6 at-large council seat.
And in late May, Brad Childs, owner of Childs Building Supplies and Ace Hardware, won the District 2 city council seat vacated by Wayne Guidry because of a family move.
Childs won the seat as he was the only candidate to file by the deadline.