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2023 Elections

A Trustee Election will be held Saturday, May 6, 2023, for the purpose of electing two trustee members (three-year terms expire May 2023).
(Se llevará a cabo una elección de fideicomisarios el Sábado 6 de Mayo de 2023 con el fin de elegir a dos miembros fiduciarios [los períodos de tres años vencen en Mayo de 2023].)

Filing begins January 18, 2023, and ends February 17, 2023, @ 4:30 PM
(La fecha para aplicar comienza el 18 de Enero de 2023 y finaliza el 17 de Febrero de 2023 a las 4:30 P.M.)
To pick up a candidate packet/application go to West Orange Cove-CISD Administration Building/Education Service Center at 902 W. Park Ave. Orange, TX 77630.
(Para recoger un paquete/solicitud de candidato, diríjase al Edificio Administrativo/Centro de Servicios Educativos de West Orange Cove-CISD en 902 W. Park Ave. Orange, TX 77630.)
Expiring Terms (Términos que expiran):
Ruth Hancock
Tommy Wilson, Sr.
Candidates for 2023 (in the order they will appear on the ballot):
Tommy Wayne Wilson Sr.
Donny Teate Jr.
Ruth Hancock
What are a board member's duties and qualifications?  Click on the following link: and see attachments (PDF) below.
(¿Cuáles son los deberes de un miembro de la junta? Haga clic en el lace a continuaicion: y mire los archivos adjuntos (PDF) al terminar esta pagina).
May 2023 Election Calendar/ Calendario electoral de Mayo de 2023 : 
If you would like more information, you can contact the WOCCISD Superintendent's Office at 409-882-5500.
The election notice is posted below:
(Para obtener más información, comuníquese con la Oficina del Superintendente de WOCCISD al 409-882-5500.
El aviso de elección se publica a continuación:)
General Instructions
Please see the following general instructions regarding completion of the internet posting
requirements for political subdivisions:
Political Subdivision’s Contact Information: List the political subdivision’s contact information,
including a mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
Elected Officer of the Political Subdivision: List the names of each elected or appointed public
elective officer within the political subdivision and the year the officer’s term expires. For counties,
this includes providing information regarding county and precinct officers. Counties are not
required to list the names of statewide or district elective officers.
Date and Location of the Next Election for Officers of the Political Subdivision: The political
subdivision should provide the address of the main administrative office (i.e. the location a person
would expect to file candidate applications). Although political subdivisions must include
information regarding the date of the next general election for officers, the best practice would
include posting the date of a special election for an officer as soon as possible after such special
election is ordered. Political subdivisions may also provide a link to the Notice of Election once
same has been issued for an election.
Requirements and Deadline for Filing for Candidacy: Please note, the requirements and
deadline for filing for candidacy of each elected office of the political subdivision must be
continuously posted for at least one year before the election day for the office. The online posting
need not refer to Ethics Commission filing requirements for candidates.
Regarding the candidacy deadline, the best practice would be to include the candidate filing
deadline for general elections, the candidate filing deadline for any special elections which have
been ordered to fill a vacancy, and the write-in candidate deadline.
In regards to the requirements for filing for candidacy, at a minimum, the political subdivision must
provide a statement of candidate requirements including form, content, and procedure. This
includes, for example: (a) the type of candidate application form needed, along with a link to the
candidate application, and (b) information regarding whether there is a candidate filing fee and
how much, or whether there is a petition in lieu of a filing fee available, as well as a link to such
The political subdivision must additionally post the qualifications for office which are specific to
your entity. This includes, for example, how long the candidate must be a resident of the state
and/or the territory elected from, whether the candidate needs to be a registered voter, and other
pertinent candidate eligibility requirements relevant to the political subdivision. The political
subdivision may also provide a link to Section 141.001 of the Election Code, if applicable (which
details eligibility requirements for public office), and/or also provide a link to other sections of
relevant codes or a city’s charter, which may also provide specific candidate eligibility
requirements for the entity.
Requirements for Posting Notice of Meetings and Record of Meetings of Political
Subdivision’s Governing Body: Our office recommends consulting with your political
subdivision’s local counsel regarding this particular posting requirement.
AW 1-15
Prescribed by Secretary of State
Sections 2051.151, 2051.152, Texas Government Code

The requirements for posting notice of meetings and record of meetings of the political
subdivision’s governing body does not apply to:

(1) a county with a population of less than 10,000;
(2) a municipality with a population of less than 5,000 located in a county with a population of
less than 25,000; or
(3) a school district with a population of less than 5,000 in the district's boundaries and located
in a county with a population of less than 25,000.
Please see the following guides available on the Secretary of State’s website that your political
subdivision may find helpful in providing and posting candidate information:
Terms, Qualifications, and Vacancies
VR for Candidates (HB 484) FAQ
Candidacy for Local Political Subdivisions
2020 Candidate’s Guide – Running for Federal, State, District or County offices.
Running for Local Offices




A Resolution ordering a general election for the purpose of electing two full term Board Trustee members; providing the early voting dates, hours, and providing for entering into a contract with the Orange County Election Administrator to help conduct our election; providing for the use of the ES&S Expressvote Voting System Machines to comply with state and federal laws setting requirements for voting systems that permit voters with physical disabilities to cast a secret ballot; providing for joint election with other entities; providing for other matters relating to the district election; and finding and determining that the meeting at which this resolution is passed is open to the public as required by law.


Be it resolved by the West Orange-Cove School Board members:


In accordance with the Texas Education Code, the laws of the State of Texas and the policy of the West Orange-Cove CISD, there shall be held in the West Orange-Cove CISD on the 6th day of May of 2023, an election for the purpose of electing two (2 year term) Board Trustee members.


Per the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)  the West Orange-Cove School Board shall adopt for use in early voting and election day voting, the ES&S Expressvote Voting System Machines.  Six machines per polling place that will be leased from Orange County and overseen by the Election Administrator.  It is recommended that the District enter into an Election Services Contract with the Orange County Election Administrator to assist with the Trustee Election. (Will be included in Orange County Election Services Contract and Expressvote Contract)  


Effective at the beginning of the 2006-07 school year, school district trustee elections must be held as joint elections with municipalities or counties. (See Texas Education Code 11.0581)  In even numbered years, the joint election agreement will be executed by the participating Cities, School Districts, Port District and Drainage District.  In odd numbered years, the agreement shall be executed by the participating Cities and School Districts only, unless the Port District or Drainage District shall have a special election on the May uniform election date.


Early voting shall be conducted by the early voting clerk, namely Donna Alford, and the places at which the early voting shall be conducted is designated as the Orange Public Library, 220 N. 5th Street, Orange, TX; Mauriceville Community Center, 7441 Cohenour Road, Orange, TX; Raymond Gould Community Center, 385 Claiborne, Vidor TX; and Orange County Airport, 2640 S. Hwy 87, Orange, TX.  Ballot applications to be voted by mail are to be sent to the office of the Elections Administrator, 123 S. 6th Street, Orange, TX. 77630. The deadline for receiving ballot by mail applications is the close of business on April 25, 2023. The early voting polling place shall be open Monday, April 24, 2023 through Friday, April 28, 2023, 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.  On Monday, May 1, 2023, and Tuesday, May 2, 2023, early voting will be conducted from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.




Early voting by personal appearance will be concluded at the following locations:

Orange Public Library

(Main Early Voting Location)

220 N. 5th Street

Orange, TX 77630

Raymond Gould Community Center

385 Claiborne Street

Vidor, TX 77662

Mauriceville Community Center

7441 Cohenour Road

Orange, TX 77632

Orange County Airport

2640 S. Hwy 87

Orange, TX 77630



Days and hours of operation at each early voting location are as follows:

April 24 – April 28

Monday - Friday

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

May 1 – May 2

Monday – Tuesday

7:00 AM – 7:00 PM


Election Coordinator for WOCCISD: Mariella Martinez, Administration Building (902 W. Park Avenue Orange, TX 77630).


Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to:

Donna Alford

Orange County Elections Administration

123 S. 6th Street

Orange, TX. 77630


Email: [email protected]




Applications for  ballot by mail must be received no later than the close of business on:

April 25, 2023



Issued this 23rd day of January 2023