Friday was the deadline to apply for a spot on the 2017 Kerrville City Council election ballot, and the race will not be as competitive as we thought. Despite 11 men submitting applications to fill the vacancy on Place 4 last week, only 2 of those candidates actually filed for the election ballot.
For Place 1, Mr. Vincent Voelkel turned in his application to run against incumbent Stephen Fine. Mr. Fine also turned in his packet last week, so he will appear on the May ballot. These two will be the only candidates on the ballot in this year’s election for Place 1.
For Place 2, only one candidate will appear on the ballot: George Baroody. Incumbent Glenn Andrew did not choose to seek re-election to his seat. So only Mr. Baroody will appear on the ballot, giving him a “free pass” for Seat 2.
Good on you! Way to take the initiative and get involved in your community. The upcoming 2017 election occurs on May 6, and will include City Council Place 1 and Place 2. Current holders of those seats are Stephen Fine and Glenn Andrew, respectively.
The first thing you’ll need to know is that you must file an application to get a place on the ballot. The application fee is $100, which is waived if you file a valid petition instead. You must get 100 signatures of qualified and registered voters in the city to waive the filing fee. The important thing to remember is they must be qualified to vote in CITY elections — not county. If they’re not eligible to vote in the city, their signature isn’t counted towards that 100.
Qualifications for Office
To hold a position on city council, you must meet all of the following criteria:
Qualified voter in the State of Texas;
At least 18 years old;
Resident of the City for 12 consecutive months (or you must have lived in a recently annexed area for at least 12 consecutive months);
Cannot hold any other elected office or city employment.
On Saturday, May 7, the final votes were cast in an historic city council election in Kerrville, Texas. Record voter turnout for early voting plus election day voting helped boost Bonnie White to the mayor’s seat, and kept Place 3 and 4 incumbents in their seats — Gary Stork and Gene Allen, respectively.
Bonnie White has become only the second female mayor of Kerrville in the city’s history. The last time a woman was elected mayor was in the mid 1970s. She garnered 52.9% of the 3,205 votes cast for the mayor’s race, beating challenger Glenn Andrew.
Numerous candidates challenged the incumbents in Places 3 and 4, but Stork and Allen held on, taking 39% and 37% respectively, gaining a plurality of votes in the crowded fields for those races.
Statements from the Candidates
Bonnie White: “Thank you Kerrville. I am so honored to be your Mayor.”
Gene Allen: “Well my friends, it’s finally over. We ran a great race, we held our heads high and took the high road many times. We prevailed! History was made yesterday from what I was told. Being Re-elected makes for the longest serving council member in this city’s history. That’s unconfirmed, but what I was told by authorities on the subject! Lol […] Thanks to all who have encouraged, and helped in any way to make this possible. My promise to you is that I will continue to strive to make Kerrville better than it already is! Thanks so much! Gene”
The Hill Country Area League of Women Voters hosted candidate forums at Schreiner University this week. Place 3 and Place 4 candidates answer questions in the two videos below, but no mayoral forum was held because Bonnie White declined the invitation to participate.