The Board of Directors (Board) of the San Antonio River Authority called for an election of five (5) Directors on November 5, 2019. The June 19, 2019 Ordinance ordering the election includes the requirements for candidacy as well as the preliminary polling locations, and can be viewed here.
Final polling locations are determined by county elections offices so for final polling locations please visit your county election administrator website. Links to the county election administrator websites can be found in the Helpful Links, below.
A twelve (12) member Board governs the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority). The Board consists of two at-large members from each of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties, and one member for each of the four River Authority districts in Bexar County, for a total of twelve (12) members.
All Board member terms are for a period of six years. There are no term limits. All positions are elected except in the case of an unexpected vacancy prior to a term ending, in which case the Governor of the State of Texas appoints a replacement to complete the term.
Board terms are staggered with elections held in November of odd numbered years. The River Authority calls its election by ordinance and in accordance with the Texas election code. Each election is administered through each county’s elections office. When candidates are unopposed, the Texas election code allows for the River Authority to declare by ordinance that the candidates are unopposed and are elected to office.
The five (5) Board positions included in election on November 5, 2019 are:
- Bexar County District 1
- Bexar County District 2
- Goliad County at large (1 position)
- Karnes County at large (1 position)
- Wilson County at large (1 position)
San Antonio River Authority Board Requirements:
The duties of the Members of the Board are described in the River Authority bylaws. Individuals considering running for office for the River Authority Board are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the bylaws. The bylaws can be viewed here.
- Regular Meeting Requirements:
The Board of Directors meets in regular monthly sessions on the third Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the principal office of the District, 100 E. Guenther Street, in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. Meetings are typically three hours in length. The Board may hold regular meetings at other locations and times if so ordered by the Board.
All Board Regular meetings are conducted in conformance with the Texas Open Meetings Act.
- Committee Meeting Requirements:
All members of the Board serve on two (2) Board committees. Committee meetings are typically two (2) hours in length. At this time the Board committees are the Executive, Fiscal, Communications and Operations Committees. The Board may establish additional committees to assist the Board by a majority vote of the Board. All Board Committee meetings are conducted in conformance with the Texas Open Meetings Act: Visit ARTICLE II pg 4 of the Board of Director bylaws for more detailed information about committee duties.
Fiscal: Second Monday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the principal office of the District in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Operations: Second Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the principal office of the District in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Communications: Second Wednesday of each other month at 12:00 p.m. at the principal office of the District in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Executive: Second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the principal office of the District in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
3. Open Meetings Act
The Board of Directors of the River Authority are subject to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and are required to participate in educational training pursuant to section 551.005 of the Texas Government Code. The training requirement applies to all elected or appointed officials who participate in meetings subject to the OMA. The law requires that members subject to the OMA complete training within 90 days of taking the oath of office or otherwise assuming the responsibilities of office. To learn more about the Open Meetings Act Training, please visit: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/open-government/open-meetings-act-training
4. Public Information Act:
All information produced by and for the River Authority Board of Directors and staff is subject to the Texas Public Information Act (Texas Government Code 552). The public has a right to prompt access to the records of the River Authority that are not confidential or otherwise protected. All communications of River Authority Board members regarding River Authority business are subject to the Public Information Act (i.e. email, documents, meetings and minutes, as well as election filling information).
5. Financial Disclosure Requirements:
Every year River Authority Board members are required to file personal financial statements (PFS) with the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) <https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/forms/PFSindex.php>. Please note this information is subject to the Public Information Act.
6. Ethics: River Authority Board members are subject to rules of ethics. Please review Section 19 of the River Authority bylaws for the rules of ethics here.
NOVEMBER 5, 2019 ELECTION TIMELINE
Aug 19 Last day to file an application for a place on the ballot
Aug 23 Last day to file a declaration of write-in candidacy
Aug 23 Notice of the date, hour and place of the drawing to determine places on the ballot posted
Aug 26 Last day for a candidate to withdraw
Aug 26 Last day for a write-in candidate to withdraw. If a write-in candidate withdraws by this date
her name is omitted from the ballot.
Aug 27 Drawing to determine places on the ballot (Salado Room, 100 E. Guenther 10:00 a.m.)
Sept 18 If any candidates are unopposed, Board action by ordinance to declare the unopposed
Oct 7 Last day to register to vote
Oct 21 First day of early voting
Nov 1 Last day of early voting
Nov 5 Election Day
Nov 13 Special Meeting to canvass returns (1:30 p.m.)
Nov 20 New board members are sworn in at the November Board of Directors meeting
Election Packet Information:
Candidates may obtain an election packet in person at the San Antonio River Authority at 100 E. Guenther St., San Antonio TX, 78204 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for holidays), or by clicking here.
Election Packet Checklist:
- Petition in lieu
- Declarations of Write-In
- Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate (CTA) Form
- CTA Instruction Guide
- Amendment: Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate (ACTA) Form
- ACTA Instruction Guide
- Campaign Finance Guide
- Campaign Finance Report
- Correction Affidavit
- Texas Ethics Commission Filing Schedule
- Code of Fair Campaign Practices
- Chapter 258 Election Code
- Title 15
- Political Advertising: What You Need to Know
- Unexpended Report Form
- Unexpended Report Form Instruction Guide
Glossary of Elections Terminology
Secretary of State: Candidate Information
Bexar County Elections Department
Goliad County Elections Department
Karnes County Elections Department
Wilson County Elections Department