General Municipal Elections
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019
The City of Brownsville General Election will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Election Order: Resolution Number 2019-001
Notice of Deadline to File Application for Place on the Ballot
The Offices up for election are:
- Mayor (Citywide)
- City Commissioner At-Large A (Citywide)
- City Commissioner District 1 (Candidate must live within the District)
- City Commissioner District 2 (Candidate must live within the District)
Please continue to check our website regularly for updates.
For more information contact the City Secretary's Office at 956-548-6042 or visit the Secretary of State and/or Texas Ethics Commission.
Updated on 01/10/2019
- A - MEMO
- 1-2019 Election Calendar
- 3-Form CTA-Instruction Guide-Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate
- 4-Form CTA-Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate
- 5-Application For A Place On The General Election Ballot
- 6-Petition for place on the Ballot
- 7-Texas Ethics Commission finance Guide
- 8-Form COH-Instruction Guide-Candidate Office Holder Campaign Finance Report
- 9-Form COH-Candidate Office Holder Campaign Finance Report
- 10-Form PFS-Instruction Guide-Personal Finance Statement
- 11-Form PFS-Personal Finance Statement
- 12-Form CIS-Conflicts Disclosure Statement
- 13-Form ACTA-Instruction Guide-Amendment Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer
- 14-Form ACTA-Amendment Campaign Treasurer
- 15-Texas Ethics Commission Title 15 Election Code
- 16-Fair Campaign Practices Act
- 17-Form COR-C-OH-Correction Affidavit for Candidate and Officeholder
- 18-Form CFCP-Code of Fair Campaign Practices Form
- 19-Form C-OH-UC-Guide-Candidate and Officeholder Report of Unexpended Contributions
- 20-Form C-OH-UC-Candidate and Officeholder Unexpended Contributions
- 21-Certificate of Withdrawal
- 22-Information on Political Advertising
- 23 - Political Signs 101
- 24-City of Brownsville Charter
- 25 - DECLARATION OF WRITE-IN CANDIDACY FOR_2-23
- 26 - Appointment of Poll Watcher-Form
- 27 - Appointment of Poll Watcher-Instructions
Elections – Candidate Qualifications for City Commission
Election Code Sec. 141.001(a)
- MUST be a citizen of the United States.
- MUST be at least 18 years old.
- MUST be a qualified voter of the City of Brownsville, Texas by the last day of the Application period.
- MUST NOT have been determined mentally incapacitated by a final judgment of a court.
- MUST NOT have been finally convicted of a felony (unless pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities).
- MUST have lived in Texas continuously for one year.
- MUST have lived in Brownsville, Texas continuously for at least one year.
- MUST have lived in the District he or she hopes to represent at least six months prior to filing his or her application for election and must continue to do so during his or her term of office. (*)
(*) - If your area was annexed into the City, you MUST have lived at your residence six months prior to annexation.
- Mendez III, Juan "Trey"
City Commissioner At-Large A (City-Wide)
- Cowen Jr., John F
- Guerrero, Carlos A
- Hinojosa, Ismael H
City Commissioner District 1 (Candidates must live within the District)
Galonsky, Nurith P
- Garza, William A
- Longoria Jr., Ricardo
- Rodriguez, Michael
City Commissioner District 2(Candidates must live within the District)
General Municipal Election Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When is Election Day?
Election Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Which Offices are up for election?
- Mayor (Citywide)
- City Commissioner At-Large A (Citywide)
- City Commissioner District 1 (Candidates must live within District 1)
- City Commissioner District 2 (Candidate must live within District 2)
What are the qualifications for the City Commission?
The Texas Ethics Commission eligibility requirements for public office are:
- Be a United States citizen and resident of the City of Brownsville;
- Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term;
- 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;
- Satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office.
How long are the terms for the Mayor and City Commission members?
The Mayor and members of the City Commission are elected for a four-year term.
When can I submit my application for a place on the ballot for the May 4, 2019, election?
The Office of the City Secretary will begin accepting applications for places on the ballot on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, during regular business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
What is the process to get a place on the ballot?
- Applicants must submit the completed “Application for a Place on the General Election Ballot” along with the “Petition for a Place on the City General Election Ballot”, with a minimum of 100 signatures from qualified registered voters.
- Signatures will be verified and approved by the City Secretary. (Please note: the Office of the City Secretary recommends applicants submit all required forms early and secure more than the minimum number of signatures)
- Upon completion of verification of the signatures, applicants will be notified of the status of their application.
- If their application is approved, applicants must provide their signature to accept their place on the ballot.
When is the deadline to submit the application for a place on the ballot?
The deadline to submit an application for a place on the ballot is on Friday, February 15, 2019.
If I currently serve on a City Board, Committee or Commission, do I have to resign before declaring my intent to run for Mayor or City Commission?
No, applicants do not have to resign from a City Board, Committee or Commission before declaring their intent to run for office.
In accordance with the Brownsville City Charter, the Mayor, Commissioners and other officers and employees shall not hold any other public office of emolument and shall not be interested in the profits or emoluments of any contracts, job, work, or service for the municipality, or interested in the sale to the city of any supplies, equipment, material, or articles purchased. Any elected official, appointed managerial officer, or managerial employee of the city who shall cease to possess any of the qualifications herein required shall forthwith forfeit his office and any such contract in which any officer or employee is or may become interested may be declared void by the commission.
When does Early Voting begin and end?
Early Voting begins Monday, April 22, and ends on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Where do I vote on Election Day?
On Election Day, City of Brownsville qualified registered voters must vote at their designated precinct.
Updated on 01-04-2019