The City of Driscoll will hold a general election in May for the positions of mayor and city commissioners, and a special election to fill the remaining term of former city commissioner Marcos Zavala.
Zavala, who served as a city commissioner for seven years, resigned from office on Jan. 4, due to emotional stress he underwent after the passing of his mother last December, according to his resignation letter.
In the special election there are three candidates signed up to run for Zavala's former position. Those individuals are Irene Ortega, Merry Reed and Sarah Zavala. City Administrator Raymond Rodriguez said the winner of the special election will complete the final year of Zavala's term. That person would be up for re-election in 2012.
In the general election, incumbent Mayor John Aguilar will run against current city commissioner Melissa Rodriguez for the mayor position. Rodriguez chose not to run for re-election to her current commissioner's position, which leaves the field open for Ernest Colin and Mark Gonzalez, who both signed up to run for Rodriguez's commissioners' position.
Rodriguez said in the intervening two months prior to the election, Melissa Rodriguez will continue to hold her position as city commissioner, until a winner for her seat is declared after the election.
Following a Texas Public Information Act Request made by The Nueces County Record Star, the City of Driscoll released copies of the candidates' most recent campaign finance reports.
Aguilar named himself his campaign treasurer for the election. Aguilar also filed a modified reporting declaration, which states he does not intend to accept or spend more than $500 during the course of this election, and as allowed under that format, is not required to file campaign finance reports.
Rodriguez, Aguilar's opponent in the mayor's election, listed Brandi Gomez as her campaign treasurer. Rodriguez also signed a modified reporting declaration, which frees her from the requirement of campaign finance reporting.
In the election for Rodriguez's commission seat, Colin listed his wife, Esther Colin, as his campaign treasurer. Colin also chose a modified reporting declaration. His opponent, Gonzalez, will serve as his own campaign treasurer and filed a modified reporting declaration.
In the special election, Ortega listed herself as her own campaign treasurer, Zavala listed Sarah Olvera as her campaign treasurer and Reed listed herself as her campaign treasurer.