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May 2, 2020 General Election

The next General Election will be on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Florence City Hall, located at 106 South Patterson, Florence, Texas 76527. Filing for a place on the ballot is set by state statute and will run from January 15-February 14, 2020. Find additional election-related dates and information at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/index.shtml (posted in accordance with Tx. Legis. H.B. 305, effective September 1, 2019).

Filing requirements are per state statute, available at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/guide/local.shtml.

The May 2, 2020, Election is to elect, at-large, two City Council seats and Mayor.

First Steps for Candidates Running for City Office Guide

Qualifications for Type A City

Mayor
*Have been a resident of Texas for at least 12 months as of the deadline for filing for the office;
*Have resided in the city for at least 12 months preceding election day;
*Be 18 years of age or older upon the commencement of the term to be filled at the election;
*Have a current voter registration certificate;
*Be a United States Citizen;
*Not have been convicted of a felony for which he or she has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities; and
*Not have been deemed mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court.

Texas Election Code Section 141.00; Local Government Code Section 22.032

City Council
*Have been a resident of Texas for at least 12 months as of the deadline for filing for the office;
*Have resided in the city for at least 6 months preceding election day;
*Be 18 years of age or older upon the commencement of the term to be filled at the election;
*Have a current voter registration certificate;
*Be a United States Citizen;
*Not have been convicted of a felony for which he or she has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities; and
*Not have been deemed mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court

Texas Election Code Section 141.001; Local Government Code Section 23.024

Dear Prospective Candidate:

Thank you for your consideration to offer your services to the citizens of Florence by becoming a candidate in this year’s municipal election.  In an effort to inform you of dates that will be important to you and your obligation to comply with certain applicable state statutes and local ordinances, the attached Candidate’s Packet has been prepared with the necessary forms and pertinent instructions.  I encourage you to read this letter and the enclosed material prior to filling out the specific forms.

A copy of each of the following forms and information for the May 2, 2020, Election for City Officials you will find below:

Application for Place on the Ballot.   The loyalty oath is included on this application and must be notarized.

Application for Declaration of Write-In Candidacy.

2020 Reports Filing Schedule

Campaign Finance Guide for Candidates and Officeholders

Political Advertising: What You Need to Know

Form CFCP – Code of Fair Campaign Practices.  This form may be signed voluntarily.  It is not mandatory.

Form CTA – Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate.  This form should be filed in my office at the same time as the application for place on the ballot.  Please note the statement that must be signed regarding the nepotism law.  A summary of the nepotism law is in the enclosed CTA Instruction Guide.

Form CTA – Instruction Guide

Form ACTA – Amended Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate

Form ACTA – Instruction Guide

Form C/OHCandidate Officeholder Campaign Finance Report.  This form is to be completed by the candidate or the candidate’s campaign treasurer (but signed only by the candidate).  Instructions on filing finance reports and final report are in the attached Instruction Guide for this form.

Form C/OH – Instruction Guide

Calendar of important dates for filing, submitting forms, etc.

Please make special note of the next two paragraphs of information.

Title 15 of the Texas Election Code pertains to campaign contributions and expenditures.  Financial reports (forms included as referenced above) must be completed by the candidate’s campaign treasurer (but signed only by the candidate) and filed in my office.  I can not over emphasize the importance of adhering to the financial reporting procedures.  Campaign reports are considered open records and will be viewed as such by reporters and opponents alike.  Should you have any questions regarding the reporting procedures, contributions or expenditures, please call the Texas Ethics Commission, Disclosure Filings Division at 512.463.5800 for assistance or go online to www.ethics.state.tx.us. The duties of the City Secretary are limited to accepting and filing the various applications, affidavits and statements, and noting the date and time of filing thereon.

The Texas Election Law requires certain disclosures and notices on political advertising.  Please review the political advertising guide. There is no permit required for political signs; however, they do not belong on utility poles, attached to trees or between the sidewalks and the curbs (street right-of-ways).  We ask your discretion in the placing of such signs.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or if I may be of assistance.  I can be reached at
254-793-2490 x 100 or at acrane@florencetex.com.

Sincerely,

Amy L. Crane
City Secretary