Four seats open in Vidor election

Published 8:56 am Wednesday, February 14, 2018

To The Leader

The City of Vidor has scheduled a Special Election for May 5, 2018 to fill the unexpired term for Ward 6 of the Vidor City Council. The Special Election will be held concurrently with the General Election for the Ward 2 ,3, and 5 council seats. Any eligible candidate who is interested in serving on the Vidor City Council representing Ward 6 may obtain a Candidate Packet from the City Secretary, Vicki Watson, at Vidor City Hall, 1395 North Main St. in Vidor. This term will only be for one year due to the unexpired term.

Candidate Packets contain an Application for a Place on the Ballot, Texas Ethics Commission’s Form CTA – Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate, as well as other candidate forms and instructions. Note: The Application for a Place on the Ballot must be signed in the presence of a Notary.

Candidates filing for the Special Election must return their completed, signed, and notarized application packet to Ms. Watson at City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm. The last day to file for Ward 6 is Monday, March 5, 2018.

A reminder, eligible candidates wishing to file for Wards 2, 3, and 5 must do so no later than Friday, February 16, 2018.

Qualifications for City Council are found in the Vidor City Charter, Section 3.04. – Qualifications of elected officers:

“Each member of the City Council (including the Mayor) shall be a resident of the City of Vidor, shall be a qualified voter of the State of Texas, shall have been such a resident of the City of Vidor for a period of not less than one (1) year immediately preceding his/her election and shall not be indebted to the City of Vidor. If the Mayor or any Councilmember moves from the City or the Ward from which he/she is elected during the term of office for which he/she was elected, or if he/she is convicted of any felony or of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, he/she shall automatically forfeit his/her office and it shall be deemed vacant. If any Councilmember fails to maintain the foregoing qualifications or shall be absent from three (3) consecutive regularly scheduled meetings without valid excuse, the City Council, must, at its next regular meeting, declare a vacancy to exist and shall fill the vacancy by appointment until the next regularly scheduled election of the City. The City Council shall be the judge of the election and qualification of its members. Each Councilmember must be a resident of the ward for which he/she files.”

A copy of the City of Vidor ward boundaries may be found at:

Anyone with questions or needing further information may call either City Secretary Vicki Watson or City Manager Mike Kunst at Vidor City Hall, 409-769-5473.