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Municipal Elections
 calendar round web icon.png February 16, 2018
Deadline to file for place on ballot
   Notice round web icon.png Notice of Deadline to file applications for place on the ballot                     (a viso de fecha limite para presentar solicitudes para un lugar en la boleta)
 Blue circle calendar.png April 5, 2018
Last day to
register to vote
in May 5 election

   candidate icon.png  Candidates for Mayor and Town Council

Municipal elections for the Mayor and five Town Council Members are held on the first Saturday in May of even-numbered years. The Mayor and all Town Council Members are elected at-large and serve without compensation for a term of two years.  The next election will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

The Mayor is elected separately from the Town Council Members.  The Town Charter limits successive terms of office to three terms, the equivalent of six years.  The Mayor presides over all meetings of the Town Council.  The Mayor does not vote on matters coming before the Council, except in the event of a tie vote.

Every two years, all five Council Member seats are open for election.  The Town Charter limits Council Members to three successive terms, the equivalent of six years.  Each Council Member has an equal vote on all matters coming before the Council.

Highland Park residents who are interested in running for Mayor or Town Council can file an application for a place on the May 5 ballot with the Town Secretary beginning January 17 through February 16.  Candidate packets are available at Town Hall, 4700 Drexel Drive, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For more information about the filing process, you may visit the Texas Secretary of State's website, the Texas Ethics Commission's website, or contact Town Secretary Gayle Kirby at 214-559-9457 or by Email.

Qualifications for Candidacy - Home Rule Charter Requirements:  (Town Charter Chapter 2, Sec. 2.04)

  • Candidate shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age
  • Candidate shall be a citizen of the United States of America and a qualified (registered) voter of the State of Texas
  • Candidate shall be a qualified voter of the Town
  • Candidate shall have resided for at least twelve (12) months preceding the election within the corporate limits of the Town
  • Candidate shall not be in arrears in the payment of any taxes or other liabilities due the Town
  • Candidate may not file for more than one office or position per election

Voting Eligibility
To be eligible to vote in the Town's municipal election, you must reside in the Town and be a registered voter. To be eligible to vote in Texas, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a resident of Dallas County
  • Be 18 years of age (you may register at age 17 years and 10 months)
  • Not be a convicted felon (unless sentence is completed, including any probation or parole)
  • Not be declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law