Elections

The City election, for the purpose of electing a Mayor and Councilmembers for Places 1 – 6, is held in odd-numbered years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The next election will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

The City contracts with Dallas County and Kaufman County Election Departments to conduct joint elections along with other entities. Participating in joint elections enables the City to reduce election expenses and is more convenient for voters who can visit one location to vote on all issues.

The Mayor is elected at-large and is voted into office by all qualified voters of the City for a two-year term. The Mayor is limited to four consecutive two-year terms.

Councilmembers elected to fill Places 1 – 6 are voted into office by qualified voters of the respective districts, which corresponds with the district of which the voter is a resident, for a two-year term and must reside in the respective district. Councilmembers may serve for four consecutive two-year terms and four consecutive two-year terms as Mayor, for a total of eight consecutive two-year terms combined, without a two-year break in service.

The current Mayor and City Council are as follows: 

Mayor – Bruce Archer
Place 1 – Sherry Wisdom
Place 2 – Kenny Green
Place 3 – Robert Miklos
Place 4 – Tandy Boroughs
Place 5 – B. W. Smith
Place 6 – Dan Aleman

For any questions, please contact the City Secretary's Office at 972-216-6401 or at CouncilCandidate@cityofmesquite.com

2021 City Council Candidates (In order of filing)

Mayor
Dan Aleman

City Council, Place 1

City Council, Place 2
Dorothy Patterson

City Council, Place 3
Rose Grimsley
Jennifer Vidler

City Council, Place 4
Andrew Hubacek

City Council, Place 5
B. W. Smith

City Council, Place 6
Debbie Anderson

Requirements for City Council Candidates

  • Must be a United States citizen (Section 141.001 of the Texas Election Code)
  • Must be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable (Section 141.001 of the Texas Election Code)
  • Must have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote (Section 141.001 of the Texas Election Code)
  • Must have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities (Section 141.001 of the Texas Election Code)
  • Must have resided in the City of Mesquite for at least one year next prior to the election (Article IV, Section 3 of City Charter)
  • No person shall be eligible as a candidate for member of the City Council in Place Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 unless the person has been, for a period of not less than 120 days prior to any City Council election, and is at the time of such election, a bona fide resident of the district in which he or she seeks election. A candidate for Mayor may reside in any portion of the City. (Article IV, Section 4b of City Charter)
  • In order to determine which Council District you reside in, go to Council District Map and enter your address in the top right corner.
  • Must be a qualified voter of the City of Mesquite as of the time of filing of petition and shall not serve as Mayor or Councilmember unless he or she is a qualified voter of the City of Mesquite at the time of election (Article IV, Section 3 of City Charter)
  • Must complete “Application for a Place on the Ballot” (Section 143.004 of the Texas Election Code)
  • Must complete “Appointment of Campaign Treasurer” form (Section 252.001 of the Texas Election Code)
  • Must complete “Acceptance of Nomination” form
  • Must present “Petition for Place on the Ballot”:
    • For Single Member District Nos. 1 - 6, a petition containing a minimum of 25 signatures of registered voters of the territory from which the petition is being circulated (Section 143.005(d) of the Texas Election Code & Article IV, Section 4c of the City Charter)  
    • For Mayor, a petition containing one-half of one percent of the total vote received in the territory from which the office is elected by all candidates for Mayor in the most recent Mayoral General Election, which is 45 signatures of qualified voters within the City of Mesquite (Section 143.005(d) of the Texas Election Code & Article IV, Section 4c of the City Charter)

2021 Council Candidate Packet

The City of Mesquite will be conducting a General Election on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, to elect the positions of Mayor and Councilmembers representing Places 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.  The City Secretary’s Office has prepared a candidate’s packet to assist interested residents in running for elected office.

Filing Period

The City Secretary will accept applications via email at CouncilCandidate@cityofmesquite.com or by mail  to Sonja Land, City Secretary, City of Mesquite, 1515 North Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, TX, 75149 or in person at the George A. Venner, Sr., Municipal Center, 1515 North Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, Texas, 75149 during the following period:

  • Saturday, July 17, 2021, 8:00 a.m. - First day to file for office (City Secretary’s Office will be open on Monday, July 19, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to accept applications)
  • Monday, August 16, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – Last day to file for office

Voting Period

  • Early Voting
    • Monday, October 18, 2021 – Early voting by personal appearance begins
      • Monday, October 18, 2021 – Friday, October 22, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      • Saturday, October 23, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, October 24, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
      • Monday, October 25, 2021 – Wednesday, October 24, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      • Thursday October 28, 2021 – Friday, October 29, 2021, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 29, 2021 – Early Voting by personal appearance ends
  • Election Day
    • Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

​Important Dates

  • Thursday, July 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – Semiannual Campaign Finance Report by candidates and officeholders is due (Applicable for any candidate that filed a Campaign Treasurer’s Appointment form with the City Secretary prior to July 1, 2021)
  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – Drawing for Place on the Ballot and Council Candidate Orientation in City Council Chambers, 757 North Galloway Avenue
  • Friday, August 20, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – Last day for write-in candidate to declare candidacy
  • Monday, August 23, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – Last day to withdraw as candidate or write-in candidate
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – Last day to file Personal Financial Statement as candidate
  • Monday, October 4, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 30th day before election candidate report of contributions and expenditures due (Applicable for opposed candidates not following modified reporting procedure)
  • Monday, October 4, 2021 – Last day to register to vote in November 2, 2021, election 
  • Monday, October 25, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 8th day before election candidate report of contributions and expenditures due (Applicable for opposed candidates not following modified reporting procedure)
  • Monday, November 15, 2021 – Last day to canvass election returns and declare results; order runoff, if necessary; administer Oath of Office
  • To be determined – Runoff Election, if necessary
  • Tuesday, January 18, 20211, 5:00 p.m. – Semiannual statement of campaign contributions and expenditures by candidates and officeholders due

Candidate Packet Documents

*REQUIRED TO BE FILED WITH THE CITY SECRETARY DURING THE FILING PERIOD

  1. * Application for Place on Ballot
  2. * Petition (45 signatures required for Mayor / 25 signatures required for Places 1 -6)
  3. * Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate (Form CTA) (Not required if the candidate currently has an active form on file with the City Secretary)
  4. Instruction Guide for Appointment of Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate (Form CTA)
  5. * Acceptance of Nomination form
  6. * Release of Personal Information form
  7. * Code of Fair Campaign Practices (optional) (Form CFCP)
  8. Fair Campaign Practices Act (Texas Ethics Commission)
  9. First Steps for Candidates Running for a City Office (Texas Ethics Commission)
  10. Political Sign Regulations
  11. Electioneering & Sign Regulations at Polling Places
  12. Rules for Posting Campaign Signs (Texas Department of Transportation)
  13. Handbill Information
  14. Political Contributions
  15. Political Contributions Complaint Processing Fee
  16. Political Advertising (Texas Ethics Commission)
  17. Political Activities by City Employees
  18. Unauthorized Use of City Logo Prohibited
  19. Title 15 – Election Code (Texas Ethics Commission)
  20. Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report (Form C/OH)
  21. Instructions for Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report (Form C/OH)
  22. Campaign Finance Guide for Candidates/Officeholders who file with Local Filing Authorities
  23. Personal Financial Statement (Form PFS)
  24. Instruction for Personal Financial Statement (Form PFS)
  25. Form of Government Booklet

Petitions

A qualified voter is a person who is registered to vote in the City of Mesquite at the time of signing the petition and the time of filing the said petition.  It is recommended that a candidate obtain more than the required number of signatures in the event that some signatures may be rejected during the validation process.  All petition pages must be submitted at the time of filing for office.

  • For Single Member District Nos. 1 – 6a petition containing a minimum of 25 signatures of registered voters of the territory from which the petition is being circulated (Section 143.005(d) of the Texas Election Code and Article IV, Section 4c of the City Charter)
  • For Mayor, a petition containing one-half of one percent of the total votes received in the territory from which the office is elected by all candidates for Mayor in the most recent Mayoral General Election, which is a minimum of 45 signatures of qualified voters within the City of Mesquite (Section 143.005(d) of the Texas Election Code and Article IV, Section 4c of the City Charter)

Campaign Finance Reports and Personal Financial Statements

Questions regarding reporting procedures, contributions or expenditures should be directed to the Texas Ethics Commission at 1-800-325-8506 or 512-463-5800.  The duties of the City Secretary are limited to accepting and filing the various applications, affidavits and statements.  It is outside the City Secretary’s authority to review the reports for correctness or to advise filers regarding the contents of the reports.

Notice of Deadline to File for a Place on the Ballot

Future Elections   


  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - Mayor and City Councilmembers for Places 1 - 6
    • First day to file for place on the ballot - Saturday, July 17, 2021 (City Secretary's Office will be open on Monday, July 19, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to accept applications.)
    • Last day to file for place on the ballot - Monday, August 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - Mayor and City Councilmembers for Places 1 - 6