Want to be part of Corpus Christi's government? Here's how.

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Beginning Monday, residents of Corpus Christi can fill out an application to be a potential candidate for mayor and three at-large and five district City Council member positions.

The city election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Residents may visit cctexas.com/detail/2022-election-central to fill out a form online or visit the city secretary's office in City Hall for a paper form.

The filing period for those interested in running for one of the positions begins Monday, July 25, and continues through Monday, Aug. 22.

Paulette M. Guajardo, mayor of Corpus Christi, is one of the women being honored for YWCA's 2022 Y Women in Careers Awards. She said she is honored to be selected among "many other amazing leaders."
Paulette M. Guajardo, mayor of Corpus Christi, is one of the women being honored for YWCA's 2022 Y Women in Careers Awards. She said she is honored to be selected among "many other amazing leaders."

What are the requirements to apply?

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.

  • Must be 18 years or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election.

  • Must not have been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

  • Must not have been finally convicted of a felony from which they have not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.

  • Must have resided continuously in Texas for the 12 months and in Corpus Christi for the six months immediately preceding the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot.

    • If filing for a single-member district position, must have resided in that district for six months immediately preceding the date of the regular filing deadline.

  • Must be registered to vote on the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot:

    • in Corpus Christi if the candidate is seeking the office of mayor or at-large City Council member;

    • in the district in which a candidate is seeking a single-member City Council district position.

  • Must maintain residence in Corpus Christi in the case of securing the position of mayor or at-large member, or in a single-member district from which elected, throughout the term of office and understand that failure to do so will have an outcome of a forfeiture of office.

  • Must not owe delinquent taxes to Corpus Christi.

  • Must designate a campaign treasurer.

  • Must file an application for a place on the ballot. The application must be accompanied by either a filing fee of $100 or a petition signed by registered voters residing in the territory from which the office is elected equal in number to the greater of 25 or one-half of 1% of the total received in the territory from which the office is elected by all candidates for mayor in the most recent mayoral regular election.

  • Pursuant to Corpus Christi's Code of Ethics, must file both a candidate's report of financial information and supplemental report of financial information within three days after filing for office.

  • As required by state law, must file a personal financial statement no later than Sept. 12, 2022.

For more information, contact City Secretary Rebecca L. Huerta at 361-826-3105.

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