City Council Composition
The City has five elected positions. By City Charter, the mayor and all four council members serve two year terms. All five positions are at-large seats with each elected official serving the city as a whole.
The filing period to apply for a place on the May 7, 2016 General Election Ballot ran from January 20 to February 19. The deadline to declare a write-in candidacy was February 23.
The City received applications from the following:
Mayor Olin Lane, Jr.
Council Taylor Armstrong, Randy Biddle, Dawn Moore, Gage Prichard
No write-in declarations were received. As the elected positions are uncontested, the City Council approved an ordinance at its March 1, 2016 meeting canceling the election and declaring the unopposed candidates elected.
More background information
To view filed applications for Mayor and Council, click here.
The Mayor is elected separately from the Council, so candidates for Mayor do not run against candidates for the council seats. The Mayoral office limits successive terms of service to three terms, the equivalent of six years of continuous service. The person elected Mayor presides over all meetings of the City Council. The Mayor has a vote on all matters coming before the Council unless otherwise disqualified and is the official head of the City government.
Every two years, all four council seats are open for election. No Councilmember may serve for more than three successive terms, the equivalent of six years of continuous service. Councilmembers are expected to attend regular Council Meetings and to serve as liaisons to various advisory committees. Each Councilmember has an equal vote on all action taken by the Council.
Qualifications for Candidacy:
HOME RULE CHARTER REQUIREMENTS: (City Charter Chapter 3, Sec. 3.02)
Candidate must be a qualified (registered) voter of the City
Candidate shall not be less than twenty-one (21) years of age
Candidate shall have resided in the City not less than twelve (12) months immediately preceding election day
Candidate shall meet the requirements of the Texas Election Code
Candidate shall not, after notice of any delinquency, be in arrears in the payment of any taxes or any other liabilities due the City
Each Councilmember and the Mayor must continually reside within the City during the term of office, and any removal of residence from the City during the term shall constitute a vacation of the office.
View or download a comprehensive list of City Election Results from 1924 to the present.