- Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.
- Must satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law.
The City Charter requires each candidate to be nominated by petition. The petition must be signed, in addition to the candidate, by twenty-five (25) qualified voters residing within the City. Upon filing, the candidate name will be printed on the official ballot. The order in which the names of the candidates for City Council will appear on the ballot will be determined by lot, in a drawing held under the supervision of the City Secretary.
Things to Know About the Petition:
- Forms should include the ink signature of the resident, their printed name, residence address, county of voter registration, date signed, date of birth, and/or the voter registration certificate number (aka VUID).
- The City Charter dictates qualified voters may only sign a petition for one single candidate per position.
- Petition forms must be notarized. In the event that someone circulates the petition on behalf of the candidate, that person must appear before a notary and sign the affidavit on each petition form.
- All petition forms and the application for a place on the ballot must be filed with the City Secretary during the filing period.
Things to Know About the Application:
- The application and a collection of other forms also known as a candidate packet will be made avaible by the City Secretary in January.
- The oath and candidate's signature required on the application must be completed before a notary public.
- During the filing period, qualified persons may submit completed and notarized applications to the City Secretary during business hours at City Hall.
It is prohibited to accept campaign contributions or make any expenditure before the CTA form has been filed with the City Secretary. The Texas Ethics Commission generates the CTA form and instructions. Title 15 of the Texas Election Code pertains to filing requirements for expenditure statements. Read this information carefully. Questions regarding reporting procedures, contributions, or expenditures should be directed to the Texas Ethics Commission at 800-325-8506 or 512-463-5800.
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- It is illegal to place any signs on or within the right-of-way. This includes posting signs on trees, telephone poles, traffic signs and other objects on the right-of-way.
- Campaign signs along Texas roads can be placed on private property with the owner's permission.
- Before placing a sign, check the City's Code of Ordinances Article 21.09.004 and scroll to Political Signs.