Retired teacher filing makes Place 5 a race
One race has formed on the school board, and two incumbents on the city council are unopposed as the filing period nears the end of its second week.
Retired Port Aransas High School English teacher Rita Reed filed for Place 5 on the school board. That made for a race with the incumbent, Chuck Borders, who filed last week for re-election. Borders owns a property management company.
The filing period continues through March 12.
In addition to the race for Place 5, two other positions are on the ballot. They are Places 4 and 6, for which the incumbents, Bob Smith and Rick Adams, respectively, have filed for re-election. Smith is involved in sales, and Adams is a banker.
Terms are for three years, and there are no limits on the number of a terms a trustee may serve.
Incumbents in Places 1 and 5, Beverly Charles and Rick Pratt, respectively, have filed for re-election.
Charles is a consultant, and Pratt is an art gallery owner.
No one had filed by press time for Place 3, held until his death in January by Jerry Watson. James L. Polewchak Jr. was appointed to fill the remaining three months of Watson's term, which expires in May.
Terms are for two years, and council members are limited to three consecutive terms.
Candidates are invited to submit statements listing their qualifications and reasons for seeking office to the South Jetty. The statements will be published, with photos of the candidates, at no charge through the March 15 edition. Statements submitted after the final deadline may have their statements published at regular advertising rates.
Statements must be submitted before noon each Tuesday between now and Tuesday, March 13, to be published in the following Thursday's edition. They should be limited to 600 words and must be typewritten in upper and lower case (handwritten statements or those written in all capital letters will not be accepted).
Statements may be e-mailed, with 'Candidate Statement' written in the subject line, to southjetty@centurytel. net, or mailed to P.O. Box 1117, Port Aransas, TX 78373.
Candidates may submit photos of themselves or have a photo taken by prior arrangement at the South Jetty office, 141 W. Cotter St. Photos e-mailed, to the address mentioned previously, should be attached as jpeg files.
The South Jetty will host Candidates ' Night for candidates in contested races only. It is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 26.
Each candidate will have a certain amount of time, depending upon the number of candidates in the race, to make an opening statement and, after the questioning period, a specified period of time to make a closing statement.
South Jetty co-publisher and editor Mary Henkel Judson will be moderator. She will pose an impromptu question, to which candidates in each race will have two minutes to respond.
In addition to the impromptu question, candidates in each race will have three minutes to give prepared responses to the questions they draw immediately prior to the forum. Their opponents will have two minutes to give impromptu responses.
The filing period will continue through Monday, March 12.
Candidates for city council should file with City Secretary Esther Arzola at city hall, 710 W. Ave. A.
School board candidates should file with Penny Slingerland in the PAISD administration office at 100 S. Station St. On the final day of filing, Monday, March 12, candidates for school board may file at city hall since the school will be closed for Spring Break.
Applications for early ballots to be voted by mail may be requested of the city and school starting Tuesday, March 13. Ballots will be mailed to applicants as soon as they are available.
Candidates will draw for the order in which their names will appear on the ballot on Friday, March 16
Saturday, April 12, is the last day voters can register in time to vote in the May 12 election, or to transfer voter registration to a different county.
Early voting will run from Monday, April 30 through Tuesday, May 8.