2017-02-16 / Front Page

Looming

Deadline close to file for election
Dan Parker
News editor

It’s been pretty quiet on the city election front.

At press time this week, no contested races had developed for the seats that are open on the city council and school board in Port Aransas. The deadline for filing is Friday, Feb. 17.

Election Day is slated for Saturday, May 6. Early voting is scheduled from April 24 to May 2 at the Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.

However, if no contested races develop, the election could be cancelled, and the lone filers would be declared the winners.

The deadline for people to submit statements to the South Jetty regarding their candidacy is at noon on Feb. 20. The deadline for confirming participation in the South Jetty Candidates’ Night is at the same time.

City council

Place 1 council member Wendy Moore and Place 3 council member Beth Owens have filed for re-election.

Charles W. Crawford Jr. has filed for Place 5, a seat held by Edwin Myers. Myers cannot run again due to term limits. The City Charter allows council members to serve only three consecutive terms, said City Secretary Irma Parker.

Council members serve two-year terms. Applicants may file to run for the council by taking out paperwork at City Hall at 710 W. Ave. A.

School board

Filing for election to the Port Aransas Independent School District Board of Trustees are incumbents Deana Erdner, Place 2; Alfredo Gonzalez, Place 3; and Marc Hofhiens, Place 6.

Folks can file by visiting the district offices at 100 S. Station St.

Water department

No seats will be up for election on the Nueces County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4 Board of Directors.

The district provides water and sewer service to Port Aransas.

Statements

The deadline for people to submit statements regarding their candidacy is noon, Feb. 20.

The South Jetty invites candidates to submit statements about their reasons for running and qualifications for the offices they seek. Statements should be about 600 words, typewritten and emailed to editor@portasouthjetty.com, with “candidate statement” written in the subject line.

Statements will be accepted for publication at no charge until the deadline.

Candidates may submit photos of themselves to be published with their statements, or they may arrange to have a South Jetty photographer shoot the photo. Candidates’ Night

If at least one contested race develops on the city council or school board, the South Jetty will host a Candidates’ Night at council chambers in city hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. It will be a voter education forum for candidates in contested races.

Candidates must confirm their participation in Candidates’ Night at the time they file or no later than noon Feb. 20. They may confirm by calling the South Jetty office at (361) 749-5131 or emailing editor@portasouthjetty.com and writing “Candidates’ Night” in the subject line.

Candidates in contested races who do not confirm participation in Candidates’ Night will not be included in the forum.

If no contested races develop, the event will be cancelled.

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