The City of Galveston has filed a request with the Office of the Texas Governor to conduct a special election on August 28 to fill the District 1 position.
Voters in November elected E.R. Johnson to serve as the District 1 representative, however, Councilman Johnson sadly died in April, leaving the seat vacant.
The State of Texas requires permission from the Governor’s office to hold a special election and the City of Galveston has sought that permission. The city will not be able to open the filing period for candidates to file for office until it has received approval.
We encourage anyone who may be interested in running for the District 1 position to begin evaluating that decision so they are prepared to file once the filing period is open. Candidates must be residents of the City of Galveston and live in District 1.
The City of Galveston will notify the public of the opening of filing season as soon as we have received information from the state. For a map of the voting districts, please visit https://www.galvestontx.gov/501/Voting-Districts.
If the request for an August special election is not approved, the alternative date would be for an election held in November. There are two uniform election days in state election law: the first Tuesday in November and the first Saturday in May. The city has requested a non-uniform election date to ensure District 1 has representation and to have a full council during the redistricting of the City Council, which will occur later this year.