Running for Office

Qualifications


Below are requirements outlined by the City Charter and Election Code.  On the date of election, each of the council members and mayor shall:
     
  • be a citizen of the United States of America; 
  • be at least 21 years of age; 
  • be a registered, qualified voter of the State of Texas; 
  • reside, and shall have resided for at least one year preceding the election at which he or she is a candidate, within the corporate limits of North Richland Hills; 
  • not be in arrears in the payment of any taxes or other liability due the City; 
  • not be disqualified by reason of any provision of any other section of the City Charter;
  • 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;
  • have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
  • satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office.

A member of the council ceasing to possess any of the qualifications specified in this section, or any other sections of the City Charter, or convicted of a felony before or while in office, shall immediately forfeit his office.  

No council person shall hold any other public office except that of Notary Public, member of the National Guard or any Military Reserve, or a retired member of the Armed Services.
 

Application


In accordance with state law, the City Secretary's Office will accept applications from qualified persons interested in running for an elected office during the "filing period".  

Each application for a place on the ballot shall be accompanied by either a filing fee of $150 or a petition seeking the candidate's name to be placed on the ballot.  Such petition shall be signed by a least 150 qualified voters of the City.  Additional forms a candidate may use during the campaign are located here.  The candidate packet is also available to download.
  

Filing Period


State law identifies the filing period as:
First day to file an application for place on ballot - 108th day before election
Last day to file an application for place on ballot - 78th day before election

During the "filing period", qualified persons may file as a candidate between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays at the City Secretary's Office at City Hall, 4301 City Point Drive.  

 May 1, 2021 General Election - City Council Places 1, 3, 5 and 7
 First day to file an application for place on ballot: January 13, 2021
 Last day to file an application for place on ballot: February 12, 2021


Future Elections


Mayor and Council Places 2, 4 and 6 will next be elected in May during even numbered years (first Saturday in May).

  • May 7, 2022
  • May 4, 2024
  • May 2, 2026

Council Places 1, 3, 5 and 7 will next be elected in May during odd numbered years (first Saturday in May).

  • May 6, 2023
  • May 3, 2025
  • May 1, 2027

 View Election Day polling locations.    

Contact


 For additional information about City elections, please contact the City Secretary's Office at 817-427-6060.