Early voting has gotten off to a busy start in Port Aransas.
Some 226 people had cast ballots as of the morning of Tuesday, April 26, the second day of early voting for candidates for the Port Aransas City Council and mayor, according to election officials.
Only 66 had voted by the second morning of balloting in last year’s spring council election.
The polls will remain open at the Port Aransas Community Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Friday, April 29. The Community Center is at 408 N. Alister St.
Early voting will continue from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and 3.
Election Day is May 7.
Running for mayor are Gregory Chittum, auctioneer; Wendy Moore, bank branch manager; and Marty Phalen, health physicist/radiation safety.
Three-time Mayor Charles Bujan died on Feb. 9 and hadn’t filed for re-election. Term limits would have prevented it.
Running for Place 2 are Tina Mott, a correspondence carrier; and Kelly Owens, a business owner. Mott is the incumbent.
Place 4 is being pursued by Tanya Chambers, a business owner; and Gary Klepperich, a property owners association executive director. Incumbent Bruce Clark cannot run again due to term limits.
Going for Place 6 are Dale T. Christianson, a business owner; Carl “Corky” Moore, a preservation developer; Edwin Myers, a business owner; Paul Ruff, a waiter; and Leslie Smith, a business owner.
Term limits prevent Place 6 incumbent Joan Holt from running again this election.
On the issues
Folks running for city council responded to questions on the issues during Candidates’ Night, a voter education forum held on Thursday, April 14.
Stories about the candidates’ comments were in the April 21 edition of the South Jetty. Copies of that edition still are available for purchase at the South Jetty’s office at 1726 State Highway 361, Suite A1, or on the newspaper’s website, www.portasouthjetty.com.
Video shot at the event is accessible, free, on the website.
No election is being held for the Port Aransas ISD school board or the Nueces County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4 Board of Directors. While several spots were open on those boards, only the incumbents filed to run.