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Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Baytown General and Special Elections

The City of Baytown will hold a Joint Election with Harris County and Chambers County on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the purpose of electing three Council Members for Council District Nos. Four, Five and Six.  The Baytown Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) and the Baytown Fire Control, Prevention and Emergency Medical Services District (FCPSEMD) will also hold Joint Elections with Harris County and Chambers County for the purposes of continuing their districts for another five years.

Below is important information related to the upcoming elections; however, for more information, please contact the Office of the City Clerk, City of  Baytown, in person or by mail at 2401 Market Street, Baytown, Texas 77520, via phone 281-420-6504, or email at cityclerk@baytown.org.

 The elected members of Council, their terms and election dates are: 

Council Member

 Position

 Election Date

Deadline to File

Brandon Capetillo  Mayor, At-Large  11/02/2021 08/16/2021
Laura Alvarado  Council Member, District 1  11/08/2022 08/22/2022
Chris Presley  Council Member, District 2  11/08/2022 08/22/2022
Charles Johnson  Council Member, District 3  11/08/2022 08/22/2022
Heather Betancourth  Council Member, District 4  11/03/2020 08/17/2020
Robert C. Hoskins  Council Member, District 5  11/03/2020 08/17/2020
David Himsel  Council Member, District 6  11/03/2020 08/17/2020

 

The requirements for office are outlined in Chapter 141 of the Texas Election Code (TEC) and the Article II - The Council, of the Charter of the City of Baytown, both which are listed below:

ELECTION CODE
TITLE 9. CANDIDATES
CHAPTER 141. CANDIDACY FOR PUBLIC OFFICE GENERALLY
SUBCHAPTER A. ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC OFFICE

Sec. 141.001.  ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.  (a)  To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a public elective office in this state, a person must:

(1)  be a United States citizen;

(2)  be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable;

(3)  have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:

(A)  totally mentally incapacitated; or

(B)  partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;

(4)  have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;

(5)  have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:

(A)  for a candidate whose name is to appear on a general primary election ballot, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot;

(B)  for an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot;

(C)  for a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate's name is written in;

(D)  for a party nominee who is nominated by any method other than by primary election, the date the nomination is made; and

(E)  for an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made;

(6)  on the date described by Subdivision (5), be registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected; and

(7)  satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office.

Text of subsection effective on January 01, 2020

(a-1)  For purposes of satisfying the continuous residency requirement of Subsection (a)(5), a person who claims an intent to return to a residence after a temporary absence may establish that intent only if the person:

(1)  has made a reasonable and substantive attempt to effectuate that intent; and

(2)  has a legal right and the practical ability to return to the residence.

Text of subsection effective on January 01, 2020

(a-2)  Subsection (a-1) does not apply to a person displaced from the person's residence due to a declared local, state, or national disaster.

Text of subsection effective on January 01, 2020

(a-3)  The authority with whom an application for a place on a general primary election ballot is filed under Section 172.022 shall, to the extent permitted by law, use Subsections (a) and (a-1) in determining whether a candidate meets the residency requirements for a public elective office.

(b)  A statute outside this code supersedes Subsection (a) to the extent of any conflict.

(c)  Subsection (a) does not apply to an office for which the federal or state constitution or a statute outside this code prescribes exclusive eligibility requirements.

(d)  Subsection (a)(6) does not apply to a member of the governing body of a district created under Section 52(b)(1) or (2), Article III, or Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution.

CHARTER OF THE CITY OF BAYTOWN, TEXAS

ARTICLE II. - THE COUNCIL

Sec. 12. - Number, selection, term.
(a) Number. The city council shall be composed of a mayor and six council members.
(b) Selection. The mayor shall be elected by the qualified voters from the city at large and the
six (6) council members shall be elected from single -member districts by the qualified voters
from each of the six (6) districts as provided in subsection (c) hereof.
(c) Districts. The city shall be divided into six (6) city council single -member districts. Each
council member shall reside in the district that he/she is elected to represent.
(d) Term. Subject to subsections (e) and (f) of this section, each member of the city council
shall serve for a term of three years or until his/her successor has been elected and inducted.
(e) Staggered three-year terms. Beginning at the regular municipal election in 2007, the council
members from single member district numbers 1, 2, and 3 shall be elected for a term of three
years. At the regular municipal election in 2008, the council members from single member
district numbers 4, 5 and 6 shall be elected for a term of three years. At the regular election
in 2009, the mayor shall be elected for a term of three years.
(f) Transition. To make the transition from two-year terms to three-year terms, it is necessary
for the mayor to hold over in office for one year after the expiration of his/her two-year term
in 2008. If a vacancy occurs in a holdover position, it shall be filled in an election as other
vacancies are filled.

Sec. 13. - Qualifications.
The mayor and each of the six councilmen shall be a citizen of the United States of America
and a qualified voter of the city and shall have resided in the territory from which the office is
elected for at least six months immediately preceding the election. A member of the council
ceasing to possess any of the qualifications specified in this section, or convicted of a felony
while in office, shall immediately forfeit his office.
 
Sec. 14. - Compensation of members of city council.
(a) The mayor shall receive as compensation for his services the sum of one thousand and
no/l00 dollars ($1,000.00) per month.
(b) Each councilman shall receive as compensation for his services the sum of five hundred and
no/100 dollars ($500.00) per month.
(c) All members of the city council shall be entitled to all necessary expenses incurred in the
performance of their official duties.

Information related to the elections; such as the candidate packet, early voting locations, election day locations, notices, etc.,can be accessed below:  

DISTRICT 4, 5, & 6 ELECTION
CANDIDATE PACKET
EARLY VOTING INFO. ELECTION DAY INFO.
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID ELECTION NOTICES

 

Election History

Are you interested in the City's election history?  The City Clerk is responsible for keeping a historical log of all of the City's elections from its time of incorporation to the present.