The City of Kennedale contracts with Tarrant County for their General Elections, which are generally the first Saturday in May. Kennedale residents can vote at the Kennedale Community Center (in the Library) at 316 W 3rd Street, Kennedale TX, 76060.
In even years, the offices of Mayor and City Council places 2 and 4 are up for election; and in odd years, City Council Places 1, 3, and 5 appear on the ballot. Those elected, by a majority vote (more than 50%) are sworn into office for two-year terms. There are no term limits, and there is no cost to file for a place on the ballot. If you're interested in running in an upcoming election, you can get more information at www.cityofkennedale.com/election or http://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html.
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1. Be a registered voter of the City; and 2. Have resided in the City for one (1) year before the date of the election; and 3. Continue residency in the City during the term of office; and 4. Not hold more than one public elective office; and 5. Not hold an appointed office of the City excluding boards, committees, and commissions; and 6. Be at least 21 years of age; and 7. Not have been determined mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court; and 8. Not have been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities; and
(b) No candidate may file for more than one office or position number per election.
The City Council shall be divided into the Mayor and places 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Each place shall be for a two-year term. The Mayor and Council member for places 2 and 4 shall be elected in even numbered years. Council members for places 1, 3, and 5 shall be elected in odd numbered years. There are no term limits defined.
There are approximately five (5) additional special meetings or workshops per calendar year, including a Saturday budget workshop. (This information is subject to change.)
A council member shall forfeit office if the member fails to attend three (3) consecutive scheduled meetings without valid excuse, or fails to maintain an eighty (80) percent attendance record, excluding excused absences, for each elected year (including all scheduled budget and special meetings). View City Council Calendar
The Mayor may exercise veto power over a Council action within five (5) workings days of that action. The Mayor shall give written notice of a veto to the City Secretary. Upon proper notice, Council action to consider overriding a veto shall be an agenda item at the next scheduled Council meeting. The decision of the Council to override a veto is not subject to veto by the Mayor and becomes effective immediately.
(a) Before taking the oath or affirmation of office prescribed by this Section and entering upon the duties of office, all elected officials of the City shall subscribe to the following statement:“I, _____________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered, promised to pay, contributed, or promised to contribute any money or thing of value, or promised any public office or employment, for the giving or withholding of a vote at the election at which I was elected so help me God.”
(b) Before taking the oath or affirmation of office prescribed by this section and entering upon the duties of office, all appointed officials of the City shall subscribe to the following statement:“I, ___________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered, or promised to pay, contributed, or promised to contribute any money, or valuable thing, or promised any public office or employment, as a reward to secure my appointment or confirmation thereof, so help me God.”
(c) Before entering upon the duties of their offices, all elected and appointed officials of the City shall take the following oath or affirmation:“I, ___________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of __________ of the City of Kennedale of the State of Texas and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, and the Charter and ordinances of this city, so help me God.”