Cotulla cancels council election; charter remains on ballot
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NO CHALLENGERS TO THREE INCUMBENT OFFICEHOLDERS
Cotulla City Hall announced this month that there are no challengers to the incumbent councilors running for re-election in May and that the three officeholders will be returned to their seats for new terms.
The council voted Thursday, March 16, to cancel the candidates’ portion of the election.
Councilors Henry Gilbert Ayala in Place 3, Alejandro Garcia Jr. in Place 4, and Manuel Rodriguez in Place 5 filed as candidates to keep their seats at the beginning of the year for two-year terms. Ayala had been named to his seat midway through the current term after the death of Councilor Juan Garcia and had served on the council in the past. Councilors Rodriguez and Alejandro Garcia were elected for the first time in 2021.
Although the council election has been canceled, voters will still go to the polls on May 6 to cast ballots on a proposed city charter. If it passes, the document will become the new guiding rule for city government, converting Cotulla into a home rule municipality.
A complete sample of the proposed charter is found on the city’s official website.