Interested in Running for Office? Visit the Secretary of State's website for candidates to learn more about the process. Candidate packets for the 2020 election will be available on this page and at Horseshoe Bay City Hall (1 Community Drive) on July 20, 2020.
City of Horseshoe Bay Elections
General Elections for the City of Horseshoe Bay are held in November each year. Mayor and two Council Member seats are elected in odd years, and three Council Member seats are elected in even years. Texas Election laws limit the role of the City and the City Secretary’s Office to providing legal notices related to the Election and accepting and filing the candidate application with the applicable County Elections Administrator. Questions regarding election laws and procedures, including how to run for office, are to be directed to the Secretary of State at 512-463-5650 or you may visit their website at www.sos.state.tx.us. Questions regarding campaign finances, reporting procedures, and contributions or expenditures related to elections are to be directed to the Texas Ethics Commission at 512-463-5800 or you may visit their website at www.ethics.state.tx.us. The City of Horseshoe Bay follows the Texas Election Code laws for elections, with the specific qualifications for candidates as listed below.
The first day to file for a place on the ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election is July 20, 2020. The last day to file for a place on the ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election is August 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.
Three Council Member positions (currently held by Jerry Gray, Kent Graham, and Elaine Waddill) will be up for election. The deadline to register to vote is October 5, 2020. Early voting begins on October 19, 2020 and ends on October 30, 2020.
If you are interested in running for City Council, please visit the Texas Secretary of State's website for: information on how to run for office, deadlines, an application for a place on the ballot and all other required forms, legal requirements, financial reporting regulations, and other election information. You may also find this brochure from the Texas Municipal League called A Guide to Becoming a City Official, a useful resource.
Qualifications for City Council Candidates:
1) Must be a United States citizen;
2) Must be 18 years of age or older on the date of filing;
3) Must have not been determined by a final judgement of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
a) totally mentally incapacitated; or
b) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
4) Must have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
5) Shall have resided continuously in the City of Horseshoe Bay not less than twelve (12) months immediately preceding election day;
6) Must be a registered voter of the City of Horseshoe Bay as of the filing deadline;
7) Must satisfy/meet any other requirements prescribed by law and the Texas Election Code.
Candidates may file an application for a place on the ballot for either the Mayor or Council Member place; applications from the same candidate cannot be filed for both the Mayor and Council Member places. If elected, each Council Member and the Mayor must continually reside within the city limits during their term of office, and any removal of their residence from the city limits during their term of office shall constitute a vacancy in their office, and such vacancy shall be filled as provided by Section 3.05 of the City Charter.
Click HERE for a packet of information that was prepared for potential candidates of the November 5, 2019 general election, which includes information and forms that may be helpful for those interested in running for office. An updated packet for the November 3, 2020 general election will be made available in July 2020.