Candidates to begin filing in city, school elections on Jan. 29

Staff Writer

The City of San Benito and the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District are gearing up for this year’s elections.

The municipal race will see the seats of Mayor Joe Hernandez, Place 1 City Commissioner Tony Gonzales and Place 2 City Commissioner Rene Villafranco up for election.

In the general election for the SBCISD Board of Trustees, board members June Aguilera, Place 4; Hector Leal, Place 5; Oscar Medrano, Place 6; and Julian Huerta, Place 7, face reelection bids.

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    • WeThePeople on March 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm
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    I’ve come up with a formula for my vote this election season:
    * Not voting for anyone currently holding office
    * Voting for the candidates with the least number of signs
    * Not accepting robo-calls / door bell rings
    * Encouraging others to do the same

    May not be scientific, but I’m giving it a try. What do you think?

    • Two Questions on January 14, 2014 at 7:52 am
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    Thanks for the information. My head started hurting there for a little bit. But again, thank you for the information. I guess students and parents aren’t to blame for filing false living quarters if the leaders are doing it too. Saying I live here but I really don’t. Plus the fact that nobody really follows up on it. There ya go. I guess kudos to them for knowing how to beat the system.

    • Brian G on January 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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    @ Two Questions:
    I’d be delighted to answer your questions. Here is what the TEA website states under Chapter 141.001:

    ELECTION CODETITLE 9. CANDIDATESCHAPTER 141. CANDIDACY FOR PUBLIC OFFICE GENERALLYSUBCHAPTER A. ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC OFFICESec. 141.001. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. (a) To be 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;(2) be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable;(3) have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:(A) totally mentally incapacitated; or(B) 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 continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:(A) for a candidate whose name is to appear on a general primary election ballot, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot;(B) for an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot;(C) for a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate’s name is written in;(D) for a party nominee who is nominated by any method other than by primary election, the date the nomination is made; and(E) for an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made; and(6) satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office.(b) A statute outside this code supersedes Subsection (a) to the extent of any conflict.(c) Subsection (a) does not apply to an office for which the federal or state constitution or a statute outside this code prescribes exclusive eligibility requirements.
    You can also contact Ron Rowell at the TEA to clarify. 512-463-9734

    • Two Questions on January 13, 2014 at 9:33 am
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    1) Does a candidate that runs for a SBCISD school board spot have to be a citizen of San Benito?

    2) Does a candidate that runs for a SBCISD school board spot have to be a tax payer of San Benito?

    I only ask because I have heard many question whether or not school board members are citizens and/or tax payers of San Benito. implying they do not have the right to be on the board or should not be on the board.

    Yliana, June, the Huertas

    Please feel free to comment on this question/post.

    • Huevos Rancheros on January 13, 2014 at 8:09 am
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    If he had huevos rancheros, he would – instead of being grand master puppeteer of those 4 cow patties on the school board.

    • Becky on January 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm
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    Huevos Rancheros, are you referring to the man that talked at the public comment at sbcisd november meeting…just saw it on sbcisd online.
    If so, he will not get my vote. He should learn how to present his points in a manner that is fitting of a professional meeting.

    • Brian G on January 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm
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    Are you referring to our current board member with a criminal past? Because as far as we know one of the current board members has a criminal past yet has served for years.

      • Huevos Rancheros on January 13, 2014 at 9:18 am
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      Who? I’m dying to know. And by criminal, what do you mean? We have to express our right to free speech. Get the word out. Let the public know.

    • Oldtimer on January 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm
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    How can a man with a criminal past run for anything?

    • Huevos Rancheros on January 8, 2014 at 7:53 am
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    I wonder if Chuy will run?

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