On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Humble City Council held a special meeting to determine how to handle the Council Place 3 vacancy.
Former council member, Norman Funderburk, recently resigned his seat on the council and announced his mayoral candidacy.
The council unanimously decided to accept applications for citizens interested in serving. The council position awardee will serve a term set to end May 2022.
The council can choose to either make an appointment by majority vote or call a special election to fill the vacancy per the guidelines set forth in the City of Humble Home Rule Charter, Section 6, Vacancies on City Council.
Although the final decision resides with the council, the members prefer to make an appointment rather than enable local citizens to incur expenses due to a formal election process.
Mayor Merle Aaron stated, “Eligible candidates for elective office must be a qualified voter as outlined in the Texas Election Code. That is, they must be a U.S. citizen, be a resident of the county that is at least 18 years old (registration at 17 years and 10 months), not be a convicted felon unless sentence completion, must be a qualified voter and must not be declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law. For a full list of tax-paying, residency, and other liabilities requirements, refer to the City of Humble website.”
City Secretary Jenny Page added, “ Further details can be found on the city elections site at cityofhumble.com/city-elections.html. Additionally, interested applicants may see me in-person or online for an application packet. The application packet contains all the necessary forms and instructions to declare candidacy."
Applications are being accepted now and the deadline to file is Thursday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. No date has been set at this time for the final nomination.
All documents must be filled out to completion and returned to the city secretary at the Humble City Hall, located at 114 W. Higgins, Humble, TX 77338. The document packet must consist of the application, the General Release of Personal Information form and the Code of Fair Campaign Practices form.
Aaron remarked, “Good luck to all candidates and thanks to all of our current members of the council for their hard work, dedication and long-time service to the community to date.”