Candidates’ Night scheduled April 26
It will be in the council chambers at city hall at the corner of Avenue A and Cutoff Road.
Candidates for Place 1, Jim Brown and Lisa Shelton, will be featured at the event for candidates in contested races.
Since Shelton is employed as an advertising sales representative for the South Jetty, editor and co-publisher Mary Judson has asked former school board member Dr. Paul Montagna to formulate questions and serve as moderator. Judson will not know what questions are being posed until they are presented at Candidates’ Night.
Since September 2006, Montagna has been the Endowed Chair For Ecosystem Studies and Modeling at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He also is a professor in the department of physical and environmental science, and coordinator for the doctoral program in Coastal and Marine System Science. A former research professor at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, he continues to have collaborations with Drs. Ken Dunton and Jim Mc- Clelland, both of UTMSI.
The public is invited to city hall to watch the forum, or they may watch on the local public access cable Channel 20.
Candidates are asked to meet promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the Civic Center foyer. Montagna will give each candidate three questions and they will have 30 minutes to prepare three-minute answers. During the forum, each candidate will be given two minutes to respond to her/her opponent’s prepared responses.
Candidates will have five minutes to give opening statements, and five minutes to give closing statements.
The rest of the ballot
Uncontested races on the PAISD ballot will be Janice Roberts in Place 2 and Dave Parsons in Place 7.
Roberts was appointed to replace Chuck Borders, who resigned, and Parsons is seeking election to the position held by Ann Appling, who declined to seek re-election.
No contested races developed for mayor or the three city council positions on the ballot.
Only the incumbents whose terms are expiring filed for reelection, but because they are unopposed, their names will not appear on the ballot.
They are Place 2 Councilman John Price, Place 4 Councilwoman Glenda Balentine, Place 6 Councilman Steve Lanoux and Mayor Keith McMullin.
McMu l len, Pr ic e and Lanoux are completing their first terms, and Balentine is completing her second term.
The city charter limits the number of consecutive terms a council member or mayor may serve to three two-year terms.
Port Aransas voters will, however, be asked to cast ballots on five charter amendments and a referendum on rescinding the council’s vote to change the Coastal Management Plan in such a way as to allow the council to permit more vending on the beach.
No election will be necessary for the Nueces County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4 board of directors.
Only incumbent directors -- Russ Miget, Ed Reed and Suzette Freeman – filed for their at-large positions. Water board directors are not subject to term limits.
Saturday, April 12, is the late day a person may register for in the May 12 election.
Early voting will be April 20 through May 8 at the Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.