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Municipal elections

What's on the Ballot? May 10 Election Preview

by: Katie Singh

Fri May 09, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

(It's Election Day! Go vote if you've got something to vote on.   - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

The May 27 primary runoff election has been getting lots of attention recently, and for good reason. It will decide the nominees for many key statewide races.

But there's another election taking place in May--in fact, it's tomorrow. On Saturday, May 10, voters across Texas will head to the polls to vote in several key local races.

These races range from local school bonds to school board trustees to council races in many small towns. There are also some county-level seats up for a vote.

If you're not sure what is on the ballot, BOR has got you covered. Local races such as these are often decided by very few votes, so it's important to educate and inform Texans before they head to the polls on May 10.

Get a rundown of what's on the May 10 ballot in major cities across Texas after the jump.

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A Look at San Antonio's Municipal Elections

by: RBearSAT

Fri May 03, 2013 at 11:39 AM CDT

(Thanks to reader Randy for this tremendous overview of the ongoing elections in San Antonio! - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

Just like almost every other municipality in Texas, San Antonio is in the early voting stages for citywide elections scheduled for May 11th.

These elections really exemplify the late Speaker Tip O'Neill's famous adage "All politics is local." It just doesn't get more local than voting for your city council member or school board trustee. Yet, these elections also seem to draw the lowest voter turnouts across Texas. In San Antonio, while presidential election years will draw 60-65% of the voters, muni elections often draw no more than 5-10%, even in hotly contested years. But even with those low numbers, the drama of the races is no less. So how do the races look on the muni ballot?

Find out below the jump!

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Big Plans: Mayor Julian Castro Seeks Third Term In San Antonio

by: Katherine Haenschen

Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 09:21 AM CST

It's official: Mayor Julian Castro has filed to seek a third term as mayor of San Antonio. The election is in May.

From Texas Public Radio:

"One of the things I'm going to be tackling is this issue of preparing our workforce better; linking up education with the needs of our employers so that no employer ever has to wonder whether they can find the talent, the skills that they need in the workforce here in San Antonio," he said Tuesday after filing for office.

Castro spearheaded an ambitious effort to provide Pre-K to disadvantaged San Antonio children and passed a ballot measure last November to raise funds to do so. He clearly sees eye-to-eye with President Barack Obama on the need to invest in our future through providing strong educational access for all.

Castro was first elected in 2007, and Castro won re-election in 2009 with 83% of the vote. No serious challengers are expected.  

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Results from Austin NxNW Democrat's Endorsement Meeting

by: jelyon

Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM CDT

Following are results from tonight's endorsement meeting:

No candidate having received at least 60% of cast votes, membership
voted to dual endorse
Lee Leffingwell
Brigid Shea

City Council Place 2
Mike Martinez

City Council Place 5
Bill Spelman

City Council Place 6
Sheryl Cole

District Judge - 167th Judicial District
No candidate having received at least 60% of cast votes, membership
voted to dual endorse
Efrain de la Fuente
David Wahlberg

District Attorney
Rosemary Lehmberg

No Endorsement

Tax Assessor
Bruce Elfant

County Commissioner - Precinct 1
No Endorsement

County Commissioner - Precinct 3
Karen Huber

Constable Precinct 1
Danny Thomas

Constable Precinct 2
Paul Labuda

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College Station City Council Elections: Incumbent Faces Two Challengers

by: liberaltexan

Thu May 07, 2009 at 06:49 PM CDT

Councilwoman Lynn McIlhaney is running for reelection and being challenge by two other candidates in the campaign for College Station City Council Place 4.

Councilwoman McIlhaney, Mayor Pro Tem, is a long serving member of the local government, and has served as a city council member or mayor for 22 of the last 27 years. It should also be noted that McIlhaney is a member of the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, Keep Brazos Beautiful, and was a board member of the Brazos Valley Animal Shelter. McIlhaney is the only candidate for Place 4 who answers all of the Brazos Progressives candidate survey questions.

According to an article in The Eagle, McIlhaney supports building a convention center to foster tourism; however, she would also support allowing the voters to have the final word in a referendum. The councilwoman believes that the current City Hall "does not give us the space needed for future growth, it is not centrally located for our citizens and the cost to re-locate rather than  renovate is a better investment for our citizens in the long term."

She supports the U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement and noted that the city is in the "process of looking for a staff person to co-ordinate the Green City program." On her list of possible improvements are hybrid cars, energy efficient buildings, and continuing the wind watts program. Along with these the councilwoman also supports promoting the curb side recycling program, and ensuring that new programs are cost effective and achieve the goal of reducing waste.

Providing access to pedestrians, bicyclists, and wheel chair users is something that McIlhaney supports, and note that the city plans to address the issue of "connectivity through our transportation plan as part of the new Comprehensive Plan and our Greenways Plan." The councilwoman does not support funding for a permanent farmer's market. Although she supports public/private partnerships, she does not "support tax payers buying land, building a building" in order to create a permanent famer's market.

According to the article in the Eagle McIlhaney supports the current "conservative approach" to annexing land, and believes that the city should encourage "development within the existing city limits, in-fill development, zoning, building standards and pedestrian friendly infrastructure."

More on the Other Candidates Below the Fold...

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HOUSTON: Vote For Melissa Noriega

by: RandySF

Fri May 11, 2007 at 02:53 PM CDT

(Get out there Houston...or else we *will* have a problem. ;) - promoted by KT)

Tomorrow, the people of Houston can drive a nail in the coffin of the Tom Delay era. Melissa Noriega, wife of State Representative and potential Senate candidate Rick Noriega, is running for the at-large Houston City Council seat vacated by Shelley Sekula Gibbs when temporarily filled Delay's Congressional seat. Now, I am sure some of you wonder what credentials she holds other than her last name, I can assure you they are abundant.
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Early Voting Underway

by: John McClelland

Thu May 03, 2007 at 04:08 PM CDT

In case you've been living in your bat cave, we at BOR wanted you to be aware that the early voting period for municipal elections are underway. The early voting period runs through the weekend and will end on May 8. Election day itself is May 12.

Many of you will be voting on mayoral and city council races. School board races are also on the slate. Texas will also offer a constitutional amendment to allow tax credits to the elderly and disabled.

If you do not know where to vote, or need the hours of voting, check with your local county elections website. Here are the links to some of the larger counties:

Dallas County Elections
Harris County Elections
Travis County Elections

Burnt Orange Report will also be offering its endorsements in several races throughout the state. BOR's senior staff will be making the decision on who to endorse. That is still to come.

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