This year the filing deadline for elective office comes early. The last day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Thursday, December 15th. This date was reset because of a federal court order related to the redistricting of congressional, state senate and state representative districts. The original filing deadline was changed to December 12th.
Those who have considered filing for public office may have remembered the filing deadline in January. That date is no longer used for primary candidates while it is used for candidates of those political parties who nominate by convention. The 82nd Texas Legislature changed the filing deadline to the December date in response to the federal MOVE Act.
The MOVE Act is the Military and Overseas Voters Empowerment Act which was approved by the U.S. Congress in 2010. The central requirement of the MOVE Act is that military personnel stationed overseas and U.S. Citizens living overseas must be mailed a ballot no later than 45 days prior to an election. Our legislators moved the deadline for filing to accommodate this requirement.
Those local offices up for election this year are: Sheriff, Tax Assessor-Collector, County Commissioners for precincts 1 and 3, and Constables for precincts 1, 2, 3, & 4.
So if you wish to file for local political office and run as either a Democratic or Republican candidate you must file with the county chairman of your political party no later than 6 pm on December 15th.
The Victoria County Democratic Party Chairman is Kelli Gill and she may be reached at email@example.com.
The Victoria County Republican Party Chairman is Michael Cloud and he may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder to all those who are considering a run for a local political office. You will most probably raise and spend money on your campaign. Before you accept any funds or start spending any of you own money, you must file a Designation of a Campaign Treasurer at the Elections Office. The filing fee associated with filing is considered a campaign expense so you must file the campaign treasure designation prior to paying your filing fee.
You may contact the Elections Office for more information at 576-0124 or email@example.com.
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