Council Member Wilbert Austin, Sr., Resigns
In his letter Council Member shared that it is with regret that he resigns his position as Council Member for District I due to declining health. He stated that it was in his and the City’s best interest that he resign and that the City Council begin the process immediately to fill the vacancy to ensure District I continues to be well represented.
The City Council will begin accepting applications to fill the vacant City Council District I position on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Residents of District I who meet the qualifications for serving as a Council Member have until Friday, June 2, 2017 to submit an application with the City Secretary, to serve the remaining year of Council Member Wilbert Austin’s term. Applications and a list of qualifications are available at the City Secretary’s Office at City Hall 300 Austin Avenue, Waco, Texas 76701.
A special reception is planned to honor Council Member Wilbert Austin’s eleven years of service on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Waco Convention Center, McLennan Hall Rooms 207-208.
The Council will interview candidates during the 3:00 p.m. Work Session on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 and could swear in the chosen candidate that night. Applications must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 in the City Secretary’s Office. For more information contact the City Secretary’s Office at 254-750-5750.
Standard Eligibility Requirements for Public Office
Election Code Sec. 141.001(a)
- Be a United States Citizen
- Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election
- Have not been determined mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court
- Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities
- Have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory, as applicable, for six months immediately preceding the deadline for filing an application for a place on the ballot
- Candidate must satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for this office
City of Waco Home Rule Charter Requirements
- Citizen of United States
- 21 years of age
- Qualified voter of the State and City for 12 months immediately preceding the date of election
- If elected from a district, must be a resident of the district for six months preceding the date of election
- Candidate will file application with City Secretary designating office sought and sworn statement by the candidate that they are fully qualified under the Laws of the State of Texas and the provisions of the Charter
- Election Code Sec. 11.001 and 11.002 A person meets the age requirement for voting on the day before his 18th birthday [Sec. 1.016]
- 18 years of age or older on the day of the election
- Citizen of the United States
- Not disqualified as mentally incompetent
- Not disqualified as a convicted felon [Discharge papers issued by pardons & paroles division]
- Resident of the state on the day of the election
- A registered voter on the day of the election
Registered voter who meets all other requirements for voting. A registration becomes effective on the 30th day after the day the application is submitted to the registrar or on the date the applicant becomes 18 years old, whichever is later. [Sec. 13.143]
In 2016, the regular election of Council members will be held on the first Saturday of May. Each Council member serves two year terms. The Mayor and Council members from District I and III are elected in even number years. The Council members from Districts II, IV, and V are elected in odd number years. For more information contact the City Secretary at 750-5750 or come by the office on the 1st floor of City Hall, 300 Austin Avenue.
Eligibility to Vote
Election Code Sec. 11.001
- Be a qualified voter as defined above
- Be a resident of the territory covered by the election for the office on which the person desires to vote
- Satisfy all other requirements for voting prescribed by law for particular election.