Candidate interest mixed in local races

CHAMBERS/ LIBERTY COUNTY—Interest in local politics was mixed this year as candidates have lined up for races in Mont Belvieu, Old River Winfree and the Barbers Hill ISD.
In Dayton however, it is likely elections will be cancelled since there were no contested races as of press time.
The regular filing period for a spot on the ballot was March 10 at 5 p.m. Candiates still have the option of filing as a write-in candidate until March 17. If there are no contested races, a political entity can cancel the election and declare the registered candidates elected by default.
Due to changes in the state election laws enacted by the last Texas Legislative Session, school districts within an incorporated city will hold their election for trustees on the same ballot at the municipality.
Early voting by personal appearance will be April 28 through May 6. The election will be held on May 10.
To assist voters a combined Mont Belvieu, Barbers Hill ISD, Old River Winfree and Beach City election will be hosted by the school district.

Mont Belvieu Mayor Nick Dixon is being challenged in his reelection bid by Kevin Speer.
Lydia Schneider, who serves in position 2 on the council, will have to defeat Eric Johnson in order to serve another term. Fellow council member Mike Pomykal is unopposed in his reelection bid.
There will be two races for seats on the Barbers Hill ISD Board of Trustees. Incumbent George Barrera is seeking reelection to Position 3. He is opposed by Perry Carrington Sr. In the race for Position 5 Benny May, the incumbent, is running against Lawrence “Elmo” Camp.
Old River Winfree City Secretary Linda Murphy said that four candidates had. Angela Motz has filed on the ballot for Position 1. She is opposed by Kenneth “K.H.” Epperson. Jerron Young, who now holds the seat, chose not to run again.
Jackie Johnson is seeking another term as the Position 2 alderman and Alderman J.S. Steadham is seeking reelection to the Position 5 seat. Both are unopposed.
Only the two incumbents Thomas Payne, in Place 3 and Bob Pickle, in Place 4 have filed for seats on the Dayton ISD Board of Trustees.
There are three at-large spots open on the Dayton City Council. The three highest vote-getters will be elected to the council. Only Council members Felix Skarpa, Bill Gay and Rick Brown have filed for the election.