Elections (Elecciones)

City Council Places 1, 3, and 5 and three Charter Amendment Propositions appeared on the Saturday, May 4, 2019 Election Ballot

The Runoff Election, previously scheduled for Saturday, June 8, to decide the winner of City Council Place 3 has been CANCELED following the canvass of the results of a recount, held Thursday, May 16.

View the Recount Committee Report regarding City Council Place 3

Election Information

The deadline to file for a place on the Saturday, May 4, 2019 Election ballot was 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 15. Candidates who filed:

Kennedale City Council, Place 1

  • Jeff Nevarez
  • Josh Altom

Kennedale City Council, Place 3

  • Cesar Guerra
  • Sandra Lee

Kennedale City Council, Place 5

  • Chad Wandel
  • Idin Deljavan

Candidates are now listed in the order in which they appear on the official ballot. The drawing to determine the order of the names on the ballot was held Friday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall.

Also appearing on the ballot will be three Charter Amendment propositions, as approved by Council via Ordinance 658:

PROPOSITION A – Vacancies for Three Year Terms
Shall the Kennedale Home Rule Charter be amended to delete Section 3.06(a)(1) regarding filling vacancies for three (3) year terms as unnecessary, because the charter only provides for two (2) year terms?

PROPOSITION B – Indebtedness
Shall the Kennedale Home Rule Charter be amended to revise Section 6.05 regarding the issuance of indebtedness by retaining the first sentence thereof (which authorizes the City to issue all forms of indebtedness permitted by state law), retaining the existing additional authority to enter into short term borrowings (less than one year), and deleting all other provisions thereof since they are otherwise provided by state law?

PROPOSITION C – Initiative, Referendum and Recall
Shall the Kennedale Home Rule Charter be amended to revise Article XI by increasing the signature requirements for initiative, referendum and recall to thirty percent (30%) of the votes cast in the last regular election but not less than five hundred (500) by amending Section 11.01; and to allow for a public hearing prior to calling a recall election by amending Section 11.03?

May 4, 2019 General Election

Places on the Ballot:
City Council Places 1, 3, and 5

Filing Period:
Wednesday, January 16 – Friday, February 15, 2019

Candidate Packets:
Candidate Packets will be available online and in the City Secretary's Office (405 Municipal Drive) no later than the first day of the filing period. The deadline to file an "Application for a Place on the Ballot" is Friday, February 15, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

All "Mandatory Filings" (above) and Campaign Finance Reports must be filed in the City Secretary’s office (405 Municipal Drive). There is no filing fee. The loyalty oath (on the Application for a Place on the Ballot) must be notarized. By having your application notarized, you are swearing that all information provided is truthful. 

An Application for a Place on the Ballot cannot be accepted after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019. After submission, the City Secretary’s Office is allotted 5 (five) days to review applications (Texas Election Code §141.032). If an application is found to be incomplete or invalid after the filing deadline has passed, it cannot be amended nor can a new application be filed. It is strongly suggested that you file as soon as is practical to allow sufficient time for this review and corrections, if necessary.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 General and Special Elections:
Council Places 1, 3, & 5; and Ballot Propositions A, B, and C
Voting Times at the Kennedale Public Library Community Center (316 W 3rd St.)
 Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 Saturday, April 27, 2019 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 Sunday, April 28, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 Monday, April 29 – Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 ELECTION DAY: Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Governance Model

As a home rule city, Kennedale enjoys the full power of local self-government (Local Government Code, §51.072). The governmental structure and division of power are established in the City's Home Rule Charter, which was written in 1997 and adopted by election on January 17, 1998. It has been amended once (in May 2016).
A charter is essentially the Constitution of a City, and ours defines Kennedale as a Council-Manager form of government, which means City Council (led by the Mayor) is vested with all powers of the City. The Mayor and five Councilmembers are elected at-large by a majority vote. Each elected official serves a two-year term, and there are no term limits. Council enacts legislation, adopts budgets, and determines policies. The City Manager (appointed by Council) executes the laws and serves as head of staff. The Mayor keeps a close watch on governmental actions and makes recommendations to Councilmembers and the City Manager that aim to meet the needs of all Kennedale residents.