The filing period for the Friday, May 1 city elections, including Palestine, Elkhart and Frankston, opened Jan. 13 and closes Friday, Feb. 12.
Early voting for the May 1 election will run from April 19 to 27, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.
City of Palestine
Open positions in the city of Palestine are for Mayor, currently held by Steve Presley; Council Member for District 2, currently held by Mitchell Jordan; Council member for District 4, currently held by Joe Baxter; and Council member for District 6, currently held by Ann Connor.
In Palestine, interested parties must file by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 at the city office.
To run for Mayor of the city of Palestine, you must be a resident of the city for a period of not less than 12 months immediately preceding election; must be at least 21 years of age and must be a qualified voter of the State of Texas.
To qualify for Council Member you must be a resident of the City of Palestine and the district for which they are running for a period of 12 months immediately preceding the election; must be at least 21 years of age; and must be a qualified voter of the State of Texas.
Anyone interested in running for any position in the city of Palestine can pick up an election packet at Palestine City Hall, 504 N. Queen St. or download it at https://bit.ly/ElectionPackt2021.
Dana Goolsby announced Thursday, Jan. 21 that she was running for Mayor of Palestine. As of noon Friday, Jan. 22, Goolsby was the only person who had filed for the open city council positions.
Goolsby is the current Council Member for District 5.
Last year, for the first time in nearly a decade, the Palestine's City Council canceled its election after incumbents Larissa Loveless for District 1, Vickey Chivers for District 3, and Goolsby for District 5 were the only ones to sign up.
City of Elkhart
Elkhart will also vote on the position of Mayor, currently held by Jennifer McCoy, as well as City Council Member Place 2, currently held by Daryll Faulk and City Council Member Place Four, currently held by James Warren.
An application for a place on the ballot can be obtained at the Elkhart City Office. You must file by close of business on Friday, Feb. 12.
To run for the position of Mayor or City Council member, you must be a United States citizen; must be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election; must not have been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be: (a) totally mentally incapacitated; or (b) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote; must not have been convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities; must have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the City of Elkhart for six months; and must be registered voter in the territory from which the office is elected.
The city of Elkhart also cancelled its 2020 city council election for the fifth time since 2008.
In Elkhart, Lucia Butler, Place 1; Councilman Raymond Dunlap, Place 3; Councilman James Warren, Place 4; and Councilman Chuck Conner, Place 5, all were unopposed for their positions.
City of Frankston
The city of Frankston has two positions up for election, including Mayor, currently held by Gerald Hall, and City Council Member Place 4, currently held by Alfonso Lang.
An application for a place on the ballot can be obtained at the Frankston City Office. You must file by close of business Friday, Feb. 12.
Tommy Howard Carr has registered to run for Mayor and Alfonso Lang will run for Council Member Place 4.
In order to run for Mayor in Frankston, you must be a resident one year in state prior to the filing deadline; must live in the city one year prior to election day; you must be 18 years of age; and you must be a registered voter in territory elected from by the filing deadline.
To run for City Council Member you must live one year in the state prior to filing deadline; you must live in the city six months prior to filing deadline; you must be 18 years of age; and you must be a registered voter in territory elected from by the filing deadline.