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Office

  • Physical Address:
  • 100 Military Plaza
    San Antonio, TX 78205 (Map)

Mailing Address:
Office of the City Clerk
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283-3966

Phone
210.207.7253

Fax
210.207.7032

Email

Staff

  • Melinda l. Uriegas, TRMCEmail City of San Antonio
    Assistant City Clerk, 210.207.7255
ELECTIONS - GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONs INFORMATION

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Physical Address
Office of the City Clerk
City Hall, 2nd Floor
100 Military Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-207-7253
Fax: 210-207-7032
Mailing Address
Melinda L. Uriegas
Assistant City Clerk
Office of the City Clerk
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283-3966
Municipal Elections - Frequently Asked Questions
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The City of San Antonio conducts its General Election every odd year in May. The next General Election is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017. In the 2015 Texas Legislative Session, HB 2354 changed the May Uniform Election Day to the first Saturday in May.
The Mayor and all ten (10) City Council Offices are up for election every odd year in May. However, not all Members of the City Council are eligible for re-election as the City of San Antonio has term limits. Please see sections below for more information regarding to terms of offices and term limits.
Please refer to this complete listing of qualifications.
In addition to these qualifications, please make note of the following City Charter provisions:

- Section 140(b): No appointee of any City board or commission shall continue in such position after becoming a Candidate for nomination or election to any City or Bexar County elected office.

The City Council Districts are determined once every 10 years based on the United States Census. Each Council District is substantially equal in population.

Per Section 5 of the City Charter, the Term of Office for all Members of the City Council elected at a General Election is two (2) years.

Yes. Effective December 1, 2008, no person shall be eligible to hold any elected office for more than four (4) full Terms of Office. Prior to this date, Officeholders were limited to two (2) full terms of office. Please refer to Section 20 of the City Charter for more detailed information.

Per Section 5 of the City Charter, the Mayor and Members of City Council take office June 1st following the May General Election. In the event of a Run-off Election, the successful Member(s) of Council takes office as soon as practicable.
Yes, Section 6 of the City Charter provides that Councilmembers receive as annual compensation for their services the amount of $45,722 and the Mayor receives $61,725.
In order to have you name on the Ballot, each Candidate for Municipal Office is required to submit an Application for a Place on the Ballot.

Note, that a candidate may announce his/her intention to run for Municipal Office at any time. However, he/she can not file an Application until the designated filing period.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk.
In accordance with Section 2-306 of Municipal Campaign Finance Regulations, Officeholders and Candidates for Municipal Office are required to submit monthly bank statements within five (5) business days of receipt of the statement from the financial institution. Statements should be delivered to the following address:
Physical Address
Office of the City Clerk
City Hall, 2nd Floor
100 Military Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
Mailing Address
Melinda L. Uriegas
Assistant City Clerk
Office of the City Clerk
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283-3966
Statements can also be e-mailed to melinda.uriegas@sanantonio.gov.

Please refer to the Campaign Finance section of this webpage for more detailed information regarding this topic.

Additionally, Chapter 145 of the Local Government Code requires that all Officeholders and Candidates for Municipal Office submit a Personal Financial Statement (PFS) while the City of San Antonio’s Ethics Code requires the submission of a PFS Addendum.

Pursuant to Chapter 258 of the Texas Election Code, every Candidate and Political Committee is encouraged to subscribe to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices. The Code may be filed with the Office of the City Clerk upon submission of the Campaign Treasurer Appointment. 
In accordance with Chapter 145.001 of the Texas Election Code, a Candidate is required to submit a sworn statement acknowledging his/her intent to withdraw his/her Application for a Place on the Ballot.

The Certificate of Withdrawal is considered effective immediately upon being received in the Office of the City Clerk.

Candidate packets containing pertinent election information are available in the Office of the City Clerk beginning each January before a General Election. The cost of the packet is currently thirty dollars ($30). Packets contain the following: 
   • Filing Procedures
   • Important dates related to the election
   •The Application for a Place on the Ballot
   • Petition Form and number of signatures 
   • State and Municipal Political Advertising Information 
   • Financial Disclosure Information
   • State and Local Campaign Finance Regulations