Mayor & Council Seats
It is the responsibility of the City Secretary’s office to conduct and oversee the City election process. The open Council seats are at large positions; you may file for any one seat regardless of where you live in Fair Oaks Ranch.
City Council elections and other propositions are held in the City Hall Council Chambers the first Saturday in May each year. Future elections will be:
|ELECTION DAY||3 YEAR TERM||PLACE||CANDIDACY DEADLINE|
|May 2, 2020||2020-2023||2||February 14, 2020|
|May 1, 2021||2021-2024||Mayor||February 12, 2021|
|May 7, 2022||2022-2025||3||February 18, 2022|
Those who are interested in applying for a council seat must meet the qualifications listed below and submit an application to the City Secretary's Office no later than 78 days prior to Election Day (Candidacy Deadline in table above).
Section 3.02 of the CITY CHARTER identifies the Qualifications for Office as the following:
The Mayor and each Council Member shall:
- Be a qualified voter in the City and State at the time of taking office;
- Be a resident of the City;
- Have resided continuously in the corporate limits of the City for 12 months immediately preceding the date of the election or or the date of appointment, as applicable;
- Not be in violation of any provision in this Charter;
- Satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office for which they are a candidate.
Furthermore, Sub-chapter A, Sec 141.001 of the ELECTION CODE lists the following eligibility requirements:
(The information below is provided as a courtesy. Please refer to the Election Code Official Link for possible updates).
(A) To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a public elective office in this state, a person must:
(1) be a United States citizen;
(2) 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;
(3) have not 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;
(4) have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
(5) 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:
(a) 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;
(b) for an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot;
(c) for a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate's name is written in;
(d) for a party nominee who is nominated by any method other than by primary election, the date the nomination is made; and
(e) for an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made;
(6) on the date described by Subdivision (5), be registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected; and
(7) satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office.
(B) A statute outside this code supersedes Subsection (a) to the extent of any conflict.
(C) Subsection (a) does not apply to an office for which the federal or state constitution or a statute outside this code prescribes exclusive eligibility requirements.
(D) Subsection (a)(6) does not apply to a member of the governing body of a district created under Section 52(b)(1) or (2), Article III, or Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution.
Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 614 (H.B. 417), Sec. 28, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 504 (H.B. 484), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.
For an Application for a Place on the Ballot, visit the Secretary of State website, obtain a copy at City Hall, or click on http://www.fairoaksranchtx.org/DocumentCenter/View/997. Questions regarding election law are to be directed to the City Secretary or to the Secretary of State at (512) 463-5650 or (800) 252-8683.
Title 15 of the Texas Election Code pertains to campaign contributions and expenditure. All financial reports must be completed by the candidate's campaign treasurer, signed by the candidate, and filed in the City Secretary's office. Questions regarding the forms, reporting procedures, contributions, or expenditures, are to be directed to the Texas Ethics Commission at (512) 463-5800 as the election law strictly limits the role of the City Secretary's office to accepting and filing the various applications, affidavits, and statements, and noting the date of filing thereon.