The filing period for candidates in the May 2020 election, where all five seats on the Kingsville City Commission, along with the majority of Kingsville Independent School District Board of Trustees seats, will begin Wednesday, Jan. 15.

All five seats on the Kingsville City Commission, including the mayor and four commissioners, are up in this year’s election. The current group of incumbents are Mayor Sam Fugate and City Commissioners Edna Lopez, Dianne Leubert, Arturo Pecos and Hector Hinojosa.

All commission members serve two-year terms. According the City of Kingsville’s Charter, candidates must be at least 21 years of age, United States citizens, have resided in Kingsville continuously for 12 months.

Potential candidates must also not be in arrears in the payment of any taxes or other liabilities to local taxing entities, and also may not hold any other public office, except that of a notary public, and cannot have an interest in any contract, job or service for the city, nor the sale to or by the city of any property, real or personal.

For questions regarding the city election, contact Kingsville City Secretary Mary Valenzuela at (361) 595-8002 or by email at 

Applications for Kingsville City Commission candidates can be submitted to the City Secretary’s Office at the Kingsville City Hall on 400 W. King Ave. between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or submitted by mail to: City of Kingsville, City Secretary’s Office, P.O. Box 1458, Kingsville, TX 78364.

For the KISD Board of Trustees election, four of the seven seats are up for re-election this year: Places 4, 5, 6 and 7. School board trustees serve in overlapping four-year terms, with elections held every two years.

While candidates run for specific places, they represent the school district at large.

Incumbents whose terms are expiring in May are trustees Lynn Yaklin (Place 4), Nicolas Prado Jr. (Place 5), Board Secretary Corando Garza (Place 6) and Board Vice-President Brandon Greenwood (Place 7).

Qualified candidates must be at least 18 years old, a United States citizen, a registered voter, not been convicted of a felony and cannot have been determined by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be mentally incapacitated.

Potential applicants must also have been a resident of the state of Texas for 12 months and a resident of the district for six months prior to the last day of the filing period.

Write-in candidates are subject to the same qualifications, according to the KISD’s Policy Manual.

For questions regarding the KISD school board election, contact Interim Superintendent Kamara Adams at (361) 592-3387 ext. 8151 or by email at

Applications can be picked up and submitted to the KISD Administration Office at 207 N. 3rd St. from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 14.

The filing period for candidates in both the city and school board elections begins Wednesday, Jan. 15, and concludes on Friday, Feb. 14.

Elections will be held on May 2, with early voting from April 20-28.

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