Early voting to begin May 11 Victoria election
April 27, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 26, 2013 at 11:27 p.m.
Victoria's political scene will see some changes this year caused by the City Council election.
With four offices - including mayor - up for grabs, candidates are calling this a vital election for Victoria's future.
Because the downtown elections office has moved, early voting, which starts Monday, will be open at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center for seven days through May 7, leading up to the May 11 election.
Not only is the City Council responsible for prioritizing and approving all major street and utility repairs, but it also sets the tax rate, passes ordinances that can impact residents and businesses and governs the city.
Voters must choose among five candidates for mayor: incumbent Will Armstrong, Richard Andrew Deases, Henry Perez, current councilman Paul Polasek and Omar Rachid.
Super District 5, representing the southern half of Victoria, includes three candidates: incumbent Joe Truman, former councilman Gabriel Soliz and Dr. Andrew J. Young.
Super District 6, representing the northern half of Victoria, has two candidates: incumbent Tom Halepaska and Russell Pruitt.
The city will have a special election for District 3, which came up for election when Polasek filed for mayor. The candidates vying to finish out the unexpired term are Jeff Bauknight, Vic Caldwell and John T. Hyak.