Filing for Candidacy

Candidacy Filing-Local Political Subdivisions


Start Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024

Deadline to File: Monday, August 19, 2024 @ 5:00 p.m.


An individual is 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(Texas Election Code);
    2. Shall be at least twenty-one (21) years on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable; (Home Rule Charter)
    3. have not been determined by a final judgement of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
      1. totally mentally incapacitated; or
      2. 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 within the corporate limits of the City, or recently annexed territory, for at least twelve months immediately preceding the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot.  For a write-in candidate the date of the election at which the candidate's name is written in, or on the date of appointment, as applicable; and (Home Rule Charter)
    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.
    8. Shall not have been recalled from City Council within three (3) years preceding the date of the election or appointment, as applicable, and the end of the term during which they were recalled. (Home Rule Charter)


    The Registered Voters of the City of Fort Stockton elected to adopt a Home Rule Charter (PDF) on November 8, 2022 Special City Election.



An application for a place on the ballot must be in writing; signed, sworn to by the candidate before a person authorized to administer an oath, and dated; timely filed with the municipality’s filing authority (often the City Secretary or another designated city employee); and contain specified information about the candidate:

   1. the candidate’s name, date of birth, and occupation;

   2. the candidate’s residence address or the address at which the candidate receives mail with a description of the location of the candidate’s residence;

   3. the candidate’s length of continuous residence in Texas and in the district (and single-member district, if applicable) as of the date the candidate swears to the application;

   4. if available, a public mailing address and email address at which the candidate receives correspondence relating to the candidate’s campaign;

   5. the office sought, including any place or other distinguishing number and an indication of whether the office sought is for a full or unexpired term;

   6. statements that the candidate is a U.S. citizen; has not been determined by a court to be mentally incapacitated; has not been convicted of a felony; is aware of the nepotism law,

        and swears an oath to support and defend the U.S. and Texas Constitutions and laws.



Candidate Packet
Application for Place on the Ballot
Code of Fair Campaign Practices Form (CFCP)
Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer (CTA)

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