South Houston mayor, 4 council incumbents seek re-election
The mayor and four incumbent City Council members in South Houston have filed for re-election, with a Feb. 15 deadline to register candidacy.
All five council positions and the mayoral seat are up for election on May 4.
Filing to run so far are: Mayor Joe Soto, who was first elected in May of 2005; Position 1 Councilwoman Mary Castillo: Position 2 Councilman Willie Rios, Position 3 incumbent Cynthia Pina and and Position 4 incumbent Louis Martinez.
Position 5 is held by Irene Tamayo.
“We will more than likely be entering into a joint election with Harris County,” City Secretary Lance Avant said. “We are still working on this, but it should be confirmed next week.”
The city’s website has not been updated in a while, showing that all council terms expired in 2017.
“We’ve been working with a vendor to completely upgrade our website, but it isn’t finished yet,” Avant said.
Those seeking to run for a council position, or for mayor, may pick up a candidate packet at City Hall, 1018 Dallas Street, South Houston 77587, or an application may be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s office. All candidate packets must be returned to City Hall by 5 p.m. Feb. 15.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens and qualified voters and must have lived within the city for at least one year before the election. Candidates also can’t hold any other public office or work for the city government with a few exceptions granted by the city charter.