Three candidates for local office filed their paperwork Wednesday to secure a place on the ballot, according the Victoria city secretary’s office.
Brent Carter and Vic Morgan both filed to run for mayor, and Mark Loffgren filed to run for City Council Super District 6. Wednesday was the start of a monthlong period during which candidates can file for the May 4 election. The filing deadline is Feb. 15.
Carter and Morgan also filed their first campaign expenditure reports. Carter, an insurance agent, received $6,165 in contributions between Sept. 6 and Dec. 31, 2018, according to his report.
Supporters gave $10,101 to Vic Morgan between Oct. 22 and the end of the year, according to his filing.
Morgan retired as the president of the University of Houston-Victoria last year.
Additional mayoral hopefuls are expected to enter the race before the filing deadline in February.
Terms for Mayor Paul Polasek and two city council members expire in 2019. Polasek and Councilman Tom Halepaska have said they will not run for re-election.
Councilman Andrew Young, whose term also expires in 2019, did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday about his plans.
This year’s election will be considerably more competitive than last year’s local election, in which all four incumbent council members were up for re-election but ran unopposed.
That election was canceled.