Election

Voters lined up at polling place

Jefferson County Tax Assessor-Collector/Voter Registrar Allison Nathan Getz, PCC, is calling on residents to assist with the electoral process.

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Early primary voting began Feb. 16, and voters have a lot to consider, but after deciding who to vote for in the election, voters need only find a polling location to exercise their constitutional right to choose their representatives.

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State Rep. Joe Deshotel

State Representative Joe Deshotel of House District 22, which includes Jefferson County, has filed for re-election.

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Sheriff Keith Merritt

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt is seeking a third term as sheriff in the upcoming elections and kicked off his campaign for re-election on Nov. 17, 2015.

Merritt took office as sheriff on Jan. 1, 2009, but his career in law enforcement that began in 1979 when he started as a Reserve Deputy for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Merritt also served as Constable for Pct. 1 in Orange County for fourteen years. He is certified as a Master Peace Officer with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

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Baylor Wortham At his official announcement on the courthouse steps.

Giving up a career as a prosecutor in the U.S.

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 Antoine “Ton” Freeman, Reginald D. Trainer, Charlotte M. Moses

Jefferson County voters, thanks to countywide poling locations, can stop at any number of outlets now until Election Day on Nov. 3 to cast a ballot on proposed constitutional amendments.

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Jefferson County Judge Donald Floyd postponed Beaumont Independent School District’s May 2015 election, approving an agreement late this past week between the school district and plaintiffs who fought for the scheduling of the 2015 election in the first place.

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It was a regular Thursday for Julie Gauthier and her family on May 19. Work, school and a dance recital for 4-year-old Claire in the evening were part of the day’s festivities.

But Thursday also had something special in store for bot h the citizens of Port Neches and the Gauthier family as the 34-year-old Port Neches native was only the second woman in the 102-year history of the city to be sworn in to the city council. Former mayor and city council member Frances Monk was the first woman to join the council according to Jamie Louviere, Port Neches City Secretary.

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Despite an otherwise tepid voter turnout, especially on election day, the citizens who did cast their vote at the ballot box ousted four incumbents Saturday night, with the suprise of the evening coming from District 1, where Jack Chatman was unseated by Raymond Scott, 507-336.

In District 2, Liz Segler held on to her seat by a comfortable 57-vote margin, outlasting Cal Jones 287-230.

In District 3, Mayor Pro-Tem Morris Albright III had no problem dispatching former Port Arthur Mayor Oscar Ortiz, tallying 704 votes to Ortiz's 206.

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In last year’s election, three Vidor City Council incumbents were uprooted and replaced with fresh faces in Wards 2, 3 and 5. This election, the remaining three posts are up for grabs, as is the mayoral seat. The only uncontested race will put newcomer Lynda Gaye Courtney in the Ward 1 seat, a post vacated by Don Eicher, who has put in a bid in the mayoral race. Vidor Mayor Ray Long is not seeking re-election, but Eicher is not alone in his quest to be mayor. Kenneth Edward Crawford,

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