Friday deadline to file for Texas local elections in May

Each year, local elections in Texas are split between May and November, depending on the area. The filing deadline to run for office in the May elections will pass on February 15. Ballotpedia is covering elections in three counties (Collin, El Paso, Tarrant), seven cities (Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Garland, Irving, Plano, San Antonio), and 58 school districts.

The mayor’s office is on the ballot in Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Garland, and San Antonio. Dallas and San Antonio were among the 10 largest cities by population in the country as of the 2010 Census. The school board races include the Dallas ISD, which is the state’s second-largest school district. There will be no primary for these elections with the general election taking place on May 4. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the general election, a runoff is scheduled for June 8.

The February 15 filing deadline is one of the earliest major deadlines of the 2019 election season. Earlier deadlines included December 5, 2018, for Oklahoma local races, January 2 for Wisconsin state and local races, and January 29 for Kentucky state and local races. Next month will have four statewide filing deadlines: Mississippi on March 1, Pennsylvania on March 12, Virginia on March 21, and Idaho on March 22.

Ballotpedia is also covering November elections in two Texas counties (Bexar and Harris), the city of Houston, and six school districts. This includes the state’s largest district, the Houston ISD. In Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, the mayor’s office, controller position, and all 16 seats on the city council are on the ballot. The filing deadline has not been set yet for all November races. These elections also won’t have a primary; the general election is set for November 5 and runoffs, if required, are scheduled for December 14.