FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS-On November 4, 2008 voters in the newly incorporated city of Weston Lakes will elect their first municipal officials. Six Aldermen and one Marshal are to be chosen. The aldermanic candidate receiving the highest number of votes will become Mayor. On May 10, 2008 residents of the community of Weston Lakes elected to incorporate into a Type B General-Law Municipality by a margin of 58% to 42%. Most new cities begin as Type B General-Law cities under a state law that permits the incorporation of any area containing 201 to 10,000 inhabitants. General-Law cities operate under an aldermanic form of government under state law.
For the initial election, individuals interested in running for office must submit a notarized application, in person, to the County Judge at 301 Jackson Street, Suite 719 in Richmond. The filing period begins July 28, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 26, 2008. No filing fee is required. The application to become a candidate is available on-line at http://www.fortbendvotes.com/ or may be picked up in person during regular office hours at the Fort Bend County Elections Office, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, Texas or the County Judge’s Office.
To be eligible to serve as the initial governing body, a candidate must be a qualified voter in the municipality and must have resided in Texas for one year and within the municipal limits of Weston Lakes for at least the six months preceding the November election. The term of office is for one year. To be eligible to vote in this election, residents of the city must live within the incorporated area and must be a registered voter of Fort Bend County. Registration for the November Election closes October 6, 2008. Remember, a voter must be registered at their current address 30-days prior to the election to meet eligibility requirements.
A Notice of Election will be posted at the Fort Bend County Library in Fulshear and on the notice board at Weston Lakes Country Club. Notice will also be published in the Fort Bend Herald and The Katy Times. This press release and the notice of the election will also be mailed to all registered voters. The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court will canvas the votes November 12-17, 2008. The new governing body will officially take office when the Oaths of Office have been properly executed and recorded.
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