Qualifications for Election to the Council
The following qualifications are from Subchapter A. Texas Election Code – Eligibility for Public Office Sec. 141.001.
To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a public elective office in this state, a person must:
- Be a United States citizen
- Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment as applicable
- Have not been determined mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court
- Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities
- Have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
- For a candidate whose name is to appear on a general primary election ballot– the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot
- For an independent candidate – the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot
- For a write-in candidate – the date of the election at which the candidate’s name is written in
Office of the Mayor
At the first regular meeting of the City Council or special meeting, following each annual election held on the second Saturday in May, the City Council shall elect, by majority vote, a mayor pro tem among their members.
The Mayor shall preside at meetings of the Council and shall be recognized as head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes and by the governor for purposes of martial law, with the absence of city manager the mayor shall also have administrative duties.
The Mayor is allowed to vote upon all matters that end in a tie. This includes all business considered by the City Council but the mayor does not have veto power. The City Council also elects a Mayor Pro Tem who shall act as Mayor during the absence or disability of the Mayor.