Welcome to the City of Selma Elections page. The information provided below is to guide potential candidates and registered voters through the election process.
City of Selma General Elections are held annually on the first Saturday in May and are conducted and publicized in accordance with the Texas Election Code. Election forms are available on the Secretary of State website and the Texas Ethics Commission website; however, the full Candidate packet is obtained from the City Secretary. Candidate packets, which include the application, are available in the City Secretary's office the first week of January. Please click on a subpage link for details about the next or past election(s).
The City of Selma Special Elections, to reauthorize the local sales and use tax, are held every four years. The next Special Election will be held on May 4, 2024. You must be a resident of the City of Selma and a registered voter by the registration deadline to be eligible to vote in City Elections.
City Secretary's Role
The City Secretary is responsible for conducting the City of Selma's municipal elections. The City of Selma contracts with the Guadalupe County Elections Administrator to conduct and oversee its elections; however, the authority with whom required election documents are filed, and required notices are posted, remain with the City Secretary. The City Secretary is responsible for providing applications, forms, notices of deadlines, and other election-related documents. All documents received by the City Secretary are considered open records and will be viewed as such by reporters and opponents alike. The City Secretary preserves all documents in accordance with the State of Texas Library and Archive Commission Retention Schedule.
The City Secretary's Office serves as your filing authority and must maintain neutrality in the electoral process. It is the duty of the candidate to become familiar with the laws applicable to campaigns for office. Please call the Texas Ethics Commission at (512) 463-5800 or visit their website for any questions regarding reporting procedures, contributions, or expenditures. Should you have any questions about election law, please call the Texas Secretary of State at 800-252-8683 or 512-463-5650, or visit their website.
Councilmember Seats and Terms
The City of Selma is a type A general-law municipality composed of a Mayor and five Council members. The Mayor and Council are elected at-large and represent the entire community.
Tom Daly, Mayor **
Noah Washington Jr., Councilmember Place 2 **
Becky Harris, Councilmember Place 3 **
Kevin Hadas, Councilmember Place 4 *
Jim Parma, Councilmember Place 5 *
Ken Polasek, Councilmember Place 6 *
*Term Expires May 2023 **Term Expires May 2022
Candidate General Eligibility Requirements
(1) be a United States Citizen;
(2) be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election;
(3) not have been determined by a final judgement of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
(A) totally mentally incapacitated; or
(B) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
(4) not have been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
(5) have resided continuously in the State for 12 months and in the city for six months immediately preceding the date of the election);
(6) be a registered voter in the territory from which the office is elected as of the date of the filing deadline for a candidate's place on the ballot (for a write-in candidate, as of the date of the election. [Election Code 141.001(a)]
Additional Requirements in a Type A General Law City
(a) Type A general law city. LGC 22.032, relating to Type A municipalities, reads as follows:
(a) To be eligible for the Office of Mayor of the municipality, a person must be a registered voter and must have resided within the municipality limits for at least the 12 months preceding the election day. For purposes of this section, residency in an area while the area was not within the municipal limits is considered as residency within the limits if the area is part of the municipality on election day.
(b) To be eligible for the Office of alderman of the municipality, a person must be a registered voter and must reside on election day in the ward from which the person may be elected.
This statute-supersedes the residence requirement in Election Code 141.001(a) with respect to the length of residence for the Office of Mayor and length of residence of an alderman [Election Code 141.001 (b)]. The candidate must be a registered voter in the city or applicable ward or single member district by the filing deadline. In addition, an officer entrusted with the collection or custody of funds belonging to a city who is in default to the city may not hold any municipal office until the amount of the default, plus 10 percent interest, is paid [Local Government Code 22.008]