Candidate filing opens for city, school elections

Two positions on the Cameron ISD school board and three positions on the Cameron City Council will be up for election May 7.
The seats subject to the school board election are currently held by trustees Alan Patterson and Jason Dohnalik. The trustee terms are for three years.
Current board President Patterson and former president Dohnalik are both C.H. Yoe High School graduates. Dohnalik was first elected to the board in 2007 and Patterson has served since 2010.
Positions up for the city council election this year are mayor and council representatives for Wards 2 and 4.
By law, the elections are held jointly the first Saturday in May.
Connie Anderle has served as mayor since 2009 and current representatives are Bobby Schiller, who has served three terms in Ward 2, and Roselee Mondrik, who is completing her 13th term as Ward 4 representative, serving since 1990.
The May 7 city elections may include a ballot proposition. City Secretary Amy Harris said she issued a petition in December to a group seeking a local option liquor election to permit the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages in the city. According to the Secretary of State’s election division, once a petition is issued, organizers have 60 days to collect the required number of signatures of registered voters to have the proposal placed on the ballot. The number of signatures required is based on turnout in the most recently held general or gubernatorial election and is not based on the current number of registered voters in the city. Harris said 305 signatures are needed for the Cameron proposal.
According to the SOS, the signatures will have to be verified.
Candidate filing for the elections opened this week - on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and continues through Feb. 19.
Candidate filing period for the CISD trustee election opens Jan. 28 and runs through Feb. 27. Prospective school board candidates may get information and applications for a position on the ballot at the school administration office, 304 E 12th St., where applications should also be returned. Those interested in running for city office may obtain ballot applications at the city secretary’s office in City Hall, 100 South Houston.
Last day to register to vote in the May 7 election and the last day for change of address on an existing registration is April 7.
Early voting by personal appearance runs from April 25 through May 3. Cameron ISD holds elections jointly with the City of Cameron and early voting for both elections will be held at Cameron City Hall, 100 S. Houston. On Election Day, voters will cast ballots at Cameron ISD for both elections. Voting is held in the C.H. Yoe High School building.