Place 1 race on for city council
Port Aransas voters will see one contested race for city council, and it is likely there will be no election for school board since none of those candidates drew an opponent.
Filing ended Monday, March 14.
No election is scheduled for the board of directors for the Nueces County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4.
Voters also will weigh in on a bond issue to fund 11th Street repairs and improvements.
Voters will choose between incumbent Keith Donley, a realtor, and Monte Sirmon, a bar owner, for Place 1 on the city council.
The other two positions are uncontested. They are Place 3, for which retiree Charles Bujan, the incumbent, filed, and Place 5, for which Kody’s Restaurant and Bar manager Edwin Myers filed. Incumbent Rick Pratt is completing his third and final, term.
The city charter limits city council members to three consecutive two-year terms.
Two incumbents on the school board whose terms are expiring filed for re-election and neither drew an opponent.
Board of trustees president Chuck Borders in Place 2, and Place 3 incumbent Jay Jones are unopposed.
School board members’ terms are for three years, and there is no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.
State law allows the school district to cancel the election, saving the district approximately $3,000 for a joint election with the city. Cost of an election independent of the city is about $10,500.
Candidates have been invited to submit statements to the South Jetty announcing their candidacy no later than noon Monday, March 21. They have been asked to confirm their attendance at Candidates’ Night when statements are submitted.
Statements should include the candidate’s qualifications and reasons for seeking office.
One statement p er candidate, with a photo, will be accepted, free of charge, by the deadline of Monday, March 21. Statements submitted after the deadline may be published as paid advertising if the candidate chooses.
Candidates may submit photos of themselves or have one taken at the South Jetty office, 141 W. Cotter.
Statements must be typewritten in upper and lower case. Handwritten statements and those written in all capital letters will not be accepted.
Candidates should limit statements to approximately 700 words.
E-mail statements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates without access to e-mail may mail statements to the South Jetty at P.O. Box 1117, Port Aransas, TX 78373, or deliver them to the newspaper office.
The South Jetty will host the 38th annual Candidates’ Night for candidates in contested races only on Thursday, April 28.
Candidates must confirm participation in Candidates’ Night at the time they submit their statements for publication.
Those who do not confirm their participation will not be included in the forum designed to acquaint voters with the candidates’ positions on specific issues.
The forum will be conducted in the city council chamber at city hall beginning at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend in person or watch it on the local public access television channel.
The forum is not a debate.
Details on the format of Candidates’ Night will be announced at a later date.
Residents who are not registered to vote and want to vote in either of these elections have until April 14 to register. Voter registration application cards are available at city hall and the school administration offices.
The early voting period is May 2 – 10. Election Day is Saturday, May 14.
Questions? Comments? Contact Mary Judson at email@example.com or (361) 749-5131.