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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions: District A Vacancy

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In five days (Monday, Nov. 19), Missouri City Councilmembers will begin interviewing citizen candidates who are nominees for the District A position. Recently, the City has received numerous inquiries regarding the District A vacancy; to address these issues, staff compiled this list of frequently asked questions:

Why is there a vacancy in City Council District A? 

The seat is vacant as the current representative, former Mayor Pro Tem Yolanda Ford, is a candidate in the 2018 mayoral runoff election with Mayor Allen Owen, who is also on the ballot.

What are the eligibility requirements for candidates?

  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Be a resident of the State of Texas for a minimum of one year;
  • Be a Missouri City resident of District A for the six months immediately preceding that person’s election/appointment to fill such office;
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age; 
  • Have no felony convictions; and
  • Be a registered voter

What is the deadline for the vacancy to be filled?

The MCTX Charter mandates that City Council fill the District A vacancy by majority vote within 30 days following the Election—by Thursday, Dec. 6. The individual who Council appoints to serve in the position will serve until the next regular City election in November, 2019.

When will the vote for the nominee take place?

City Council will interview candidates on Monday, Nov. 19 during the Special Meeting and may vote on an appointee as well. The agenda for this meeting will be posted on the City website by Friday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. If City Council does not approve a replacement on Nov. 19; Councilmembers will make a determination on what the next steps will be, at that time.

Which Councilmembers will be voting?

  • Mayor Allen Owen
  • At-Large Position #1 Councilmember Jerry Wyatt
  • At-Large Position #2 Councilmember Chris Preston
  • District B Councilmember Jeffrey Boney
  • District C Councilmember Anthony Maroulis
  • District D Councilmember Floyd Emery

Will the City post the nominees online once the nomination is closed?

The nominees will be included in the Monday, Nov. 19 Special City Council Meeting agenda packet.

When will the person selected be sworn into the position?

The date has not been determined; please watch the City website for updates.

Should there be a 3-3 vote on a nominee, how will the appointment be determined?

City code requires approval by 4 Councilmembers; if there is a tie, there is no majority. Council would then continue to deliberate until there is a majority vote.

Does the charter not call for a special election? 

The Charter does not. In accordance with Section 3.06:

  • C: “If a member of the city council shall become a candidate for election to the office of mayor or for any place on the city council other than the specific office or place the person is then holding, such announcement of candidacy shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office.”
  • D: “A single vacancy in the council shall be filled within thirty (30) days of the occurrence of the vacancy by a majority vote of the remaining members of the council by selection of a person qualified for the position. This appointee shall serve until the position can be filled at the next regular city election.”

How many District A nominees has the City received? 

Nominations for the Council position were accepted from Nov. 6 to Nov. 9; staff is currently reviewing submissions and a list of applicants will be included in the agenda packet for the Nov. 19 Special City Council Meeting.

Will the candidate receive City compensation during their term? 

The Missouri City Code provides for Council compensation as follows:

  • The Mayor shall receive as monetary compensation for services to the City the sum of $1,000 per month.
  • The Mayor Pro Tem shall receive as monetary compensation for services to the City the sum of $750 per month.
  • Each member of the City Council other than the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem shall receive as monetary compensation for his services to the City the sum of $500 per month.
  • Each member of city council shall receive a car allowance as a monetary reimbursement for the use of personal vehicles in the performance of services to the city in the sum of $150 per month.

Will this candidate have to fulfill every District A councilmember duty (attend HOA meetings, community events, provide media quotes, etc.)? 

The Missouri City Code provides for council attendance in Section 2-73 as follows: “The members of the council shall attend the regular and special meetings. If any member shall absent himself without just cause, the presiding officer may issue a warrant of attachment for such member to compel his attendance, which warrant may be executed by any person to whom the presiding officer shall direct the warrant. The council may impose a fine of not more than $10 upon any member failing to attend a meeting without just cause.”

Which subdivisions comprise City Council District A? 

  • Bermuda Dunes Villas
  • Colony Crossing
  • Craven Village
  • Crestmont Place
  • Fondren Park
  • Fonmeadow
  • Garden Park Village
  • Glen Park
  • Hunters Glen I&II
  • Hunters Green
  • Hunters Park
  • Hunters Point Estates
  • Lexington Place
  • Parkway Trails
  • Quail Green West
  • Quail Green West #2
  • Quail Valley North
  • Quail Village Town Houses I
  • Quail Village Town Houses II

What are some key dates residents should know?

  • Monday, Nov. 19: Interviewing for District A Vacancy at Special City Council Meeting; Swearing in of At-Large Position #1 winner Vashaundra Edwards at the Regular City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Pkwy.
  • Thursday, Dec. 6: Deadline to fill the District A Vacancy

Additional details may be found on the City website.

For updates, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).

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