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April 25, 2018

 TO:                 Candidates for November 6, 2018, General Election

 FROM:           Karen Thompson, City Secretary

 SUBJECT:     Candidate Information

  1. Application For A Place On General Election Ballot – The loyalty oath is included on the form and is to be filed in my office.  The first day to file for a place on the ballot is July 21, 2018.  City offices open at 8:00 a.m. on July 23, 2018.  The deadline for filing for a place on the ballot will be 5:00 p.m. on August 20, 2018.
  2. City Charter.  See Article III for information on the City Council and Article V for information on City Elections.
  3. Ethics Commission’s Campaign Finance Guide for Candidates and Officeholders Who File With Local Filing Authorities.
  4. Appointment of Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate (Form CTA) Form CTA-Instruction Guide.
  5. Amended Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate (Form ACTA) Form ACTA- Instruction Guide
  6. Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report (Form C/OH) Form C/OH-Instruction Guide The deadline for filing the first report will be 5:00 p.m. on October 9, 2018.  The second report is due by 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2018.
  7. Title 15 of the Texas Election Code Regulating Political Funds and Campaigns.
  8. Ethics Commission Rules.
  9. Fair Campaign Practices Act
  10. Form CFCP Code of Fair Campaign Practices
  11. "Political Advertising - What You Need to Know" from the Texas Ethics Commission.
  12. Poll Watcher by Candidate on the Ballot or Declared Write-In Candidate.

Please see these websites for more information: 
Secretary of State of Texas at
Texas Ethics Commission at

It is the duty of the candidate to become familiar with the laws that apply to campaigns for office.  The City Secretary is responsible only for accepting and filing the various applications, affidavits, and statements, and noting the date and time of filing.  Any questions regarding campaign finance reporting should be directed to the Texas Ethics Commission at 512-463-5800.  The City Secretary should not be expected to judge or comment upon the timeliness or sufficiency of reports filed.  Please also note that these documents are public records and are open for inspection by any person.  Copies of these forms and documents are available at City Secretary’s Office, 100 East Main, Suite 300, during regular business hours.

Please feel welcome to contact me with any questions that you might have.


Karen Thompson
City Secretary


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