Orange County election recap
The city of Orange's newly expanded council is losing long-time incumbent Jimmy Sims, now that he has been bested by challenger Annette Pernell in the race for representative of District 4. School boards in greater Orange made some changes, too. In the West Orange -Cove school district, Tony Dallas will fill a post as at-large representation currently held by Mary Fontenot Hardin, although incumbent Andrew Hayes will remain on board. Voters also elected to approve a bond initiative for a little over $6 million.
The Little Cypress Mauriceville school district voters elected to place Marlene Courmier in the position 3 chair over challenger Barry Lee Bates.
And, in Bridge city ISD, Place 7 will now be held by Mark Anderson and Michael C. Johnson will rep for place 6.
In Vidor, the only incumbent running held his post as Mallie Bickham defeated challenger Justin Horsley by 14 votes for the race in Ward 4. Trey Haney will fill the Ward 6 post vacated by David Slaughter, who decided not to seek re-election. Lynda Courtney is added to the council as Ward 1 representative, a position previously held by mayoral candidate Don Eicher. In the race for mayor, Ken Crawford and Eicher shared the majority vote, edging out three other opponents for the seat currently held by Ray Long. Crawford and Eicher will face each other again for a run-off election for this seat.
The Vidor Independent School District elections yielded two new members to its board: Kimberly Mahana Crossley, who defeated incumbent David Camp for the Position 1 seat, and Michael R. Helms, who took Position 7, besting an incumbent and three other candidates.