Thursday, February 23, 2017



FRED MARTINEZ OUT ON DISTRICT THREE RACE

My understanding is based on a discussion with the lawyers in the election office at the SOS. Texas has no ballot access law for petitions related to city commission races. Therefore if the city adopts a petition process, the city charter governs not state law since there is no state law on the issue. Brownsville's Charter is quite abusive. Dallas requires only 25 signatures to get on the ballot. Other cities require 1/2 of 1 % of the votes received by the mayor in the previous election. In this case it would mean a bit more than 50. Fred is at about 90, and Brownsville requires 100. So he is out. All races are now down to two candidates.

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