School Board Election
Board of Trustees Election – November 3, 2020
Board of Trustees Information
The Midland ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to serve, without compensation, for four-year terms and represent the entire school district. Elections are held in November of even-numbered years. All Midland ISD residents who meet eligibility requirements as specified in Board Policy BBA (Legal) and Tex. Elec. Code § 141.001; Tex. Educ. Code § 11.066 may run for a position. Four trustee positions will be up for election on November 3, 2020. Eligible residents, residing within district boundaries in Districts 1, 2, 4, and 7, considering running for school board can access a free online training course through the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) which explains the roles and responsibilities of the position. The Texas Election Code designates the Secretary of State as the chief election officer of the State of Texas. In order to provide information on the electoral process to all Texans, the office has prepared a guide with information regarding the election process.
Requirements for Filing for Candidacy
Per BBA (Legal) and Election Code 31.0021, 141.031, .039:
A candidate application for a place on the ballot must:
- Be in writing;
- Be signed and sworn to before a person authorized to administer an oath in this state by the candidate and indicate the date that the candidate swears to the application;
- Be timely filed with the appropriate authority; and
- Include all statutorily required information, including:
- The candidate’s name, date of birth, and occupation;
- The candidate’s residence address or the address at which the candidate receives mail with a description of the location of the candidate’s residence;
- The candidate’s length of continuous residence in Texas and in the District (and single member district, if applicable) as of the date the candidate swears to the application;
- If available, a public mailing and email address at which the candidate receives correspondence relating to the candidate’s campaign;
- The office sought, including any place or other distinguishing number and an indication of whether the office sought is for a full or unexpired term;
- Statements that the candidate is a U.S. citizen; has not been determined by a court to be mentally incapacitated; has not been convicted of a felony; is aware of the nepotism law; and swears an oath to support and defend the U.S. and Texas Constitutions and laws
Eligibility requirements, per BBA (Legal):
To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, the office of school board member, a person must:
- Be a United States citizen.
- Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable.
- Have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
- Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.
- Have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
- For an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot.
- For a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate's name is written in.
- For an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made.
- Be registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected on the date described at item 5, above.
Election Code 1.020, 141.001(a); Gov’t Code 601.009; Brown v. Patterson, 609 S.W.2d 287 (Tex. Civ. App.—Dallas 1980, no writ); Tex. Const. Art. XVI, Sec. 14
A person may not be elected trustee of an independent school district unless the person is a qualified voter. Education Code 11.061(b) defines “Qualified voter” as a person who:
- Is 18 years of age or older;
- Is a United States citizen;
- Has not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
- Has not been finally convicted of a felony [see also Atty. Gen. Op. LO 96-114 (1996) (concluding that caveat at Election Code 11.002 does not mitigate blanket prohibition in Election Code 141.001, above at Eligibility)];
- Is a resident of this state; and
- Is a registered voter.
Election Code 1.020, 11.002
Ineligibility - A person is ineligible to serve as a member of the board of a district if the person has been convicted of an offense under Penal Code 43.02(b) (regarding prostitution). Education Code 11.066
A packet with the application forms and other important information can be picked up beginning on July 20, 2020, at the Midland ISD Superintendent’s office, 615 W. Missouri Ave, Midland, Texas. They can also be accessed with the attached links.
Completed forms must be filed by the deadline of August 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Midland ISD Administration office. All applications filed and information contained within those applications becomes public records and open to inspection upon request.
Important Dates for the November 3, 2020 Election
Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline
Thursday, June 18, 2020
First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
First Day to File for a Place on the Ballot
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Last Day to File for a Place on the Ballot
Monday, August 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Last Day to Register to Vote
Monday, October 5, 2020
First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
Monday, October 19, 2020
Last Day to Apply for a Ballot by Mail
Friday, October 23, 2020
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
Friday, October 30, 2020
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Early Voting by Personal Appearance:
Midland County Elections Office, 2110 N A St, Midland, TX 79705
Other early voting locations will be announced at a later date.
Midland County Elections Office, 2110 N A St, Midland, TX 79705
Other election-day locations will be announced at a later date.
For additional information, contact Veronica Ramirez, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, by phone at 432-240-1002, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at 615 W. Missouri Ave., Midland Texas 79701.
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