Dave Rogers
For The News

Lucy Fields isn’t ready to slow down and last Saturday’s City Council election result ensures another two years of her giving her all for Bridge City.
“We’ve been here almost 20 years, and from Day One we started joining organizations. I’ve been in love with Bridge City since Day One,” she said.
Fields defeated Joseph Hannan 277 votes to 163 to retain her Place 6 seat on city council. This will be her third two-year term.
Fields moved to Bridge City from Port Arthur when her husband, Donald, was hired to be the city manager.
With her three daughters grown and Donald retiring, she asked her spouse if he planned to get into politics.
“When he said no, I did [get into politics],” Fields said.
She has been a longtime Ambassador for the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Bridge City Heritage Festival Committee and the Faculty and Building Standards Committee for Bridge City ISD.
She has painted fire hydrants, landscaped City Hall flower beds, volunteered at fishing tournaments, represented her city at Golden Triangle Days in Austin.
A former social worker, teacher and counselor, “I just keep looking around for ways to help the city,” she said.
“It’s just what I do.”
Fields was the only city council member up for re-election to face opposition. Mayor David Rutledge, Place 2 councilman Kirk Roccaforte and Place 4 councilman Erik Andrus were unopposed.
They’ve got much work to do, Fields said.
“Right now we’re trying to replace a lot of the sewers,” she said. “We’ve applied for grants that will really help. And we have a “resilience committee” looking at how to “make us more resilient from storms like Ike and Harvey.
“As a small city, we’re doing as much as we can.”
Bridge City’s school district also had only one election race with opposition – Patty Collins defeated Paul Zoch 385-213 in Place 1.
In the two other municipal races, Larry Spears, Jr., defeated Charles Ray Thomas for Orange mayor, 941-246; and, for the West Orange-Cove school board incumbent Roderick Robertson (593 votes) and Tricia Stroud (547) won the two open at-large seats with Kianna Edwards-Brooks garnering 368 votes.
In a county-wide election, Keith Wallace won his fourth term on the Orange Navigation and Port Commission board and Carroll G. Holt won the at-large position.
Wallace won the Precinct 1 race with 1,223 votes against Dr. Travis Miller’s 1,174 votes. Holt, who had twice before lost election to Wallace, prevailed this time with 1,055 votes over opponents Tim Schossow (960) and Walter Mullins III (419).
Turnout was low everywhere – about 5 to 10 percent of registered voters participated — with few city- or district-wide races.
About three-quarters of those who did vote took advantage of early voting opportunities.
Little Cypress-Mauriceville schools had no contested board race and Orangefield ISD holds its elections in the fall.
West Orange, like Pinehurst, had no contested races, but West Orange did have a charter change election, with 107 of 1,978 registered voters taking part.
Voters said yes to continuing for four years a ¼ percent sales and use tax to pay for roadwork. They voted for amending the city charter wording regarding canvassing election votes; against eliminating the requirement that municipal court judges must be residents of the city; and for amending the “Franchises and Special Privilege” section of the city charter.