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Section A: General News


City calls Tomas Robles’ candidacy into question


City calls Tomas Robles’ candidacy into question
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR. — Attorney Chris Hugg of the Law Offices of Louis T. Rosenberg addresses questions from audience members Aug. 24 following the cancellation of a special meeting of the Floresville City Council.


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August 27, 2014
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FLORESVILLE -- Even before ballot places were drawn Aug. 25 ahead of the Nov. 4 municipal election here, a candidate’s qualifications already have been called into question.

Tomas Robles, 55, has filed to run for mayor, facing incumbent Diana Garza. However, late on Aug. 22, a special council meeting was called for Sunday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. Councilman John W. Guerrero canceled the meeting at 5:03 p.m. for lack of a quorum, after he and Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo were the only elected officials to arrive. Garza and councilmen Mario Morones, Johnny Ray Nieto, and Eric Rodriguez were not present.

The only item on the agenda read, “[Consideration and action] pursuant to Section 3.03 of the city charter and Texas Election Code Section 143.005(a) to determine whether applicant for the office of mayor, Tomas Robles, meets the one-year residency qualification for placement on the November ballot.”

According to Section 3.03 of the city’s home-rule charter, the city council serves as the judge of the election and qualification of its members. The Election Code stipulates that home-rule cities might impose additional requirements for office holders. In Section 143.003, the minimum requirements for candidates in home-rule cities are to be at least 21 years old and “a minimum length of residence in the state or city may not be more than 12 months immediately preceding election day.”

On Robles’ ballot application, he lists -- and swears to -- being a city resident for three years and a resident of Texas for 10 years. Robles’ voter registration at his current address was just 12 days old when applications were due Aug. 18.

Eligibility issues for Floresville city elections are nothing new. Just two years ago, when former Councilman Jim Miller ran for his seat, former City Secretary Margaret Tejada attempted to bar Miller’s name from being placed on the ballot when she alleged he was not a resident of the city, due to Miller’s Floresville voter registration being just two months old.

The Secretary of State’s Office said in Miller’s case, “There is no obligation to establish residency through voter registration.”

Miller took his battle to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ordered that his name be placed on the ballot. However, the former councilman only would serve a year in office before resigning. (See “Miller resigns amid deal with DA, Nov. 27, 2013.”)

Attorney Chris Hugg of the Law Offices of Louis T. Rosenberg said Aug. 24 that because the special council meeting did not occur, Robles’ name would appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Robles declined to comment on the matter.



 

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
September 3, 2014 9:14am
 
Franklin ... Is there a particular portion of the city charter's portion on nepotism that prohibits your alleged conflict of interest ? A citation would be appreciated. :-)

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
September 3, 2014 8:54am
 
I wonder if Mr Robles will be forthcoming about questions that will surely arise doing meetings with the voters?

 
Mr. Tibbs  
Floresville  
September 3, 2014 8:51am
 
the last line in the article is disappointing. I would hope Mr robles would have had an affirmative comment regarding this issue. He does after all want a position of leadership in the community.

 
Franklin  
Floresville  
September 3, 2014 8:06am
 
Yep Sam. I believe it was. I don't know when the "Home Rule" part was added to the charter, but im pretty sure it was a way to keep people off the ballot in the past. It typically took the Secretary of State(SOS) ... More ›

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
September 2, 2014 5:17pm
 
Is this residency thing a new law, as in post 2006? Because back then, I'm pretty sure Bentwood wasn't in the Floresville city limits when a certain former office holder -- now current candidate -- campaigned. But as my friend ... More ›

 
Webmaster  
Floresville  
September 2, 2014 4:01pm
 
videos posted

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 27, 2014 3:54pm
 
As I said in a previous blog, the only Tomas Robles listed in the WCAD data base serviced by True Automation lives in Shady Oaks Court which is north of Floresville. That account also has a mailing address in Shady Oaks Court. ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
August 27, 2014 12:51pm
 
I would expect the same treatment of mr robles as mr miller by the DA if he wins. due diligence knows no color or creed. The DA should look into this with the same zeal as he did the Miller residency issue.

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