By BOBBY HORN JR.
CHAMBERS/ LIBERTY COUNTYEarly voting will begin next week for the May 14 municipal and school board elections in West Chambers and Liberty Counties.
Early voting is May 2 through May 10.
In Mont Belvieu, Positions 3, 4 and 5 on the city council are on the ballot.
Currently holding the seats are Arnold Peters, Kevin Yeager and Tommy Grimes, respectively.
Peters and Yeager have filed for reelection. Grimes will not seek reelection.
Bob Reynolds will challenge Peters for the Position 3 seat, while Roger L. King will attempt to unseat Yeager.
Joey McWilliams, is now the sole candidate for Position 5.
In Old River-Winfree, a lack of candidates caused the election to be cancelled.
Only the incumbents, Position 2 Alderman Colleen Fontenot and Position 4 Alderman Adonna Creel, as well as Mayor Joe Frank Landry have filed for the ballot.
Beach City is in the same circumstance. They have three at-large positions open, and only three candidates on the ballot: Jackie Lasater, Ray Smith and Paul Newman.
There are two seats expiring on the Barbers Hill ISD Board of Trustees.
George Barrera is running for reelection to Position 3 while Benny May will seek another term in Position 4.
Both are unopposed.
The big issue on the Barbers Hill ballot is two bond referendums. Voters will be asked to approve bond issues of $65.2 million and $9.8 million. The first bond would be used to build three new campuses and purchase new school buses, while the second would go to facility improvements and an intercampus roadway.
Early ballot can be cast at the C.T. Joseph Conference Center at the middle school campus, 9600 Eagle Dr.
Four candidates are seeking three at-large positions on the Dayton City Council.
They are Barbara Zaruba, Eliza Mae Guidry, Danny Jones and Greg Hayman. The top three vote-getters will be elected to council. Felix Skarpa is unopposed in his reelection bid for mayor.
The only opposed race for the Dayton ISD Board of Trustees is between Linda Harris and Mark Sjolander.
Early voting for the two Dayton races will be held at the Dayton City Hall, 117 Cook St.
By BOBBY HORN JR.