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Special election might be on Floresville’s horizon

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Wilson County News
December 18, 2013, 3:23pm
3,698 views | 29 comments

Alicia Pierce, the communications director at the Secretary of State’s Office, confirmed that Floresville city Councilman Eric Rodriguez recently inquired about how the city should proceed when it comes to the vacancy and selecting a successor for former Councilman Jim Miller, who resigned last month. She cited two areas of Section 201 of the state’s election code.

Miller hand-delivered his resignation -- addressed to City Manager Henrietta Turner, Mayor Diana Garza, and City Secretary Sherry Pollok -- to City Hall Nov. 25, indicating that the departure was effective immediately. According to the Election Code, the vacancy “occurs on the date the resignation is accepted by the appropriate authority or on the eighth day after the date of its receipt by the authority, whichever is earlier.”

The council voted Dec. 12 to accept Miller’s resignation. (See “Council accepts Miller’s resignation amid confusion” here:

Pierce said the charter provisions would prevail regarding the vacancy. The city’s home-rule charter prohibits more than one appointment per 12-month period. If a second vacancy occurs, the council “shall call a special election within 10 days from the date the last vacancy occurred.”

Rodriguez was appointed to fill a council vacancy Dec. 14, 2012.

Turner sent all four remaining councilmen an email message about Miller’s resignation on the date that it was received. Therefore, eight days after its receipt would have been Dec. 3; this would indicate the city must call a special election.

Rodriguez and Garza declined to comment, while Turner could not be reached.

The council is set to discuss the item further at a special Dec. 19 meeting. The agenda is available here:

Your Opinions and Comments

December 20, 2013 8:04am
So the election is looking at May, how long will that term be? Till November? How long was the remaining time left on Mr Miller's seat?

December 20, 2013 7:53am
BTW, I submit my own comments as Exhibit A on why we need to be able to edit our comments...LOL..I have a couple of misspellings and missing 0's in

Next Door  
December 20, 2013 12:10am
MAY??? imagine that!! Score that one for Lippert! NOW its time for popcorn!!! LOL

December 19, 2013 10:59pm
@Alex Bahahaha.Good one Alex...That's funny... lmao

Alex Lippert  
December 19, 2013 10:49pm
Don't fret, with the overwhelming management experience on the council, I'm sure we will get the answers.

December 19, 2013 10:25pm
I hope someone can shed some light on what the issue was with the City Manager.

December 19, 2013 10:21pm
permission was given for not including curbs out at Rancho Grande,FEDC advised around $1 killion for road construction and $400,000 for retaining ponds for flooding. adding curbs would've added another $400,00 to the road project.

December 19, 2013 10:18pm
Nieto and Marones voted for,Rodriguez and Guerro against.

December 19, 2013 10:17pm
Special Election in May. and the Counsel went into executive session for a disciplinary action against the city manager for an unknown reason. 2 voted for firing,two against,and according to the lawyer the mayor couldn't... More ›

Next Door  
December 19, 2013 9:41pm
Well what happened?

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