Interested in running for local office? Filing period approaching

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Granite Shoals City HallMARBLE FALLS — If you’re upset or concerned with the way your local city or school district is going then maybe it’s time to get off the sidelines and into the mix this year. Maybe you like how things are going generally but want a few tweaks. Either way, if you want to play a role in your community’s future, it’s time to consider running for your local city council or school board.

While city and school board elections aren’t until May 5, the filing date for those positions is fast approaching. Many local governments have candidate packets ready to pick up.

The filing dates for the May 5 school board and municipal elections are Jan. 17-Feb. 16.

The various municipalities and school districts each have candidate packets that interested individuals must fill out and return by the filing deadline. Several of the different entities have packets available.

• In the city of Marble Falls, four seats will be on the ballot. Places 1, 3, and 5 are up for their regular two-year term, while Place 4 is for one-year unexpired term.

Packets are available during regular business hours at the Marble Falls city secretary’s office in City Hall, 800 Third St. in Marble Falls. Go to marblefallstx.gov for more information.

• The Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees has three seats coming up for election in May. These are three-year terms for Places 5, 6, and 7.

Candidates can pick up a packet at the MFISD Administration Office, 1800 Colt Circle, during regular business hours or email Julie Shaffer at jshaffer@mfisd.txed.net. Go to marblefallsisd.org for more information.

• Granite Shoals City Council places 2,4, and 6 are up for the May 5 election. These are two-year terms. Packets are available at City Hall, 2221 Phillips Ranch Road, during regular business hours. The packet may also be downloaded at graniteshoals.org by clicking on the “Elections” button under the “Government” heading.

• The city of Burnet has three at-large council seats on the May 5 ballot. Packets will be available beginning Jan. 16 at the city offices, 1001 Buchanan Drive, during regular business hours.

Go to cityofburnet.com for more information.

• The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District will have places 2, 4, and 6 on the May 5 ballot. These are three-year terms.

Burnet CISD trustee election packets are available at the BCISD Central Office, 208 E. Brier St. in Burnet. Go to burnetcisd.net for more information.

• In Meadowlakes, residents interested in running for City Council can pick up a packet at the city offices, 177 Broadmoor, Suite A, during regular business hours.

• Llano residents have three at-large council seats on the upcoming ballot. These are two-year terms. Call the city secretary’s office at (325) 247-4158 for packet information or stop by City Hall, 310 Main St., during regular business hours.

Go to cityofllano.com for more information.

• The Llano Independent School District will have two school board seats, Places 1 and 5, on the May 5 ballot. Call the LISD administration office at (325) 247-4747 or stop by the office at 1400 Oatman St. in Llano for more information on packet availability.

• The city of Bertram has a mayor and two council seats on the May 5 ballot. Visit the city office at 110 E. Vaughan St. or call (512) 355-2197 for more information.

Other municipalities with upcoming elections include:

• City of Sunrise Beach Village, 124 Sunrise Drive, cityofsunrisebeach.org, (325) 388-6438

• City of Highland Haven, 510-A Highland Drive, highlandhaventx.com, (830) 265-4366

• City of Cottonwood Shores, 3808 Cottonwood Drive, cottonwoodshores.org, (830) 693-3830

Also, the city of Horseshoe Bay holds its municipal elections in November.

Always check with the municipality or school district with which you’re interested in filing regarding the deadline for submitting an application. Though the filing dates are standard from Jan. 17-Feb. 16, the time of day might vary.

Go to votetexas.gov for more information on elections.

editor@thepicayune.com

One Response to “Interested in running for local office? Filing period approaching”

  1. Dave says:

    I agree completely that getting involved in local government is a great idea for anyone. It certainly provides for the opportunity for input as well as an understanding of both the short term and long term goings on.
    However, getting involved due to anger or frustration is rarely constructive, at least from my experience. If anyone is angry or frustrated I encourage them strongly to contact a local council member or school board member and discuss those frustrations before they become more.

    Look forward to a new year.

    Dave Rhodes
    MF City Council

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