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Election Information
General Overview
Elections for the City of Buda are governed by Article V of the City Charter and the Texas Election Code.  The City Secretary is the Chief Elections Officer for the City, and the City Secretary's Office administers most of the City's election related activities.  These pages contain important information for voters, candidates, and other interested parties regarding City of Buda elections. 

Types of Elections:
  • Regular Elections for Mayor and City Council
    • Currently set to occur every November on the Uniform Election Date.
  • Special Elections: Both the City Charter and state law create a number of potential Special elections that the City may have to administer.  These include:
    • Initiative Elections: These elections are authorized by the City Charter, and allow Citizens to draft ordinances (local laws) and place them on the ballot for consideration by the voters.  If approved, ordinances adopted by initiative take effect just as if they had been passed by City Council.
    • Referendum Election: These elections are authorized by the City Charter, and allow Citizens to suspend an ordinance passed by the City Council until such time as the Citizens can vote to either repeal or uphold it. 
    • Recall Election: These elections are authorized by the City Charter, and allow Citizens to require a sitting councilmember or mayor to face a retention election before the end of their term of office.  Councilmembers subject to a recall election continue to serve unless and until they are recalled by the voters. 
    • Statutory Elections: Several provisions in state law require the City to hold a special election under certain circumstances.  Examples include local option liquor law elections and tax rollback elections.

More information on regular and special elections can be found in Article V of the City Charter, or in the Texas Election Code.

Campaign Finance Reports filed by Candidates and Officeholders Who File with Local Filing Authorities

Pursuant to the Campaign Finance Guide for Candidates and Officeholders Who File with Local Filing Authorities*, the following points are a few things to remember:

  • If you plan to run for a public office in Texas (except for a federal office), you must file an APPOINTMENT OF A CAMPAIGN TREASURER BY A CANDIDATE (FORMCTA) with the proper filing authority when you become a candidate even if you do not intend to accept campaign contributions or make campaign expenditures.
  • A person may not accept a campaign contribution or make a campaign expenditure unless the person has a campaign treasurer appointment on file with the proper filing authority.
  • Once a person files a form appointing a campaign treasurer, the person is a candidate for disclosure filing purposes and is responsible for filing periodic reports of contributions and expenditures with the proper filing authority until the person files a “final report.”
  • The candidate, not the campaign treasurer, is responsible for filing periodic reports of contributions and expenditures.

*Texas Ethics Commission, Revised 09/01/2013

Campaign Finance Reports