February 16, 2022 306 PM
MARFA — The deadline to submit an application to serve on the Marfa City Council and the Marfa Independent School District Board of Trustees is this Friday, February 18.
Marfa City Council
The City of Marfa is seeking applications to fill three open city council seats as the two-year terms of council members Yoseff Ben-Yehuda, Eddie Pallarez and Buck Johnston expire. Councilmember Pallarez has filed for reelection. Mark Cash, previous school board member who resigned from the role this past summer, also filed to run. Councilmember Ben-Yehuda has stated he will not file for reelection, while Councilmember Johnston has not formally announced whether she intends to run for another term.
The city council consists of five Marfa citizens who create local policies, approve the final city budget and assist in strategic planning for the town’s future. The legislative body is also responsible for appointing members to Marfa’s boards and commission and advisory committees. Meetings are held twice a month at City Hall, with additional meetings required during the budget season in the fall and as needed. Council members are paid $50 per meeting.
Candidates will appear on the May 7 general election ballot and will enter into office after a canvassing and swearing in process, around late May or early June.
Applications are available in English and Spanish at City Hall and on the city’s website: https://cityofmarfa.com/elections. The two-page application may be submitted from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 113 South Highland Ave. or mailed to PO Box 787, Marfa, TX 79843. Mailed applications must be received by 5 p.m. on February 18. It is free to apply.
Annual elections are held in the City of Marfa to elect the mayor, who serves a two-year term, and city council members, who serve two-year staggered terms.
In order to be eligible to run for city council, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants must have resided within the state of Texas for at least 12 months, and have resided within the city of Marfa for at least six months (and continue to hold residence within Marfa city limits). Viable candidates cannot have been declared mentally incapacitated without the right to vote and cannot have been convicted of a felony.
MISD School Board
Open candidate filing for the Marfa ISD general election will extend through Friday, February 18, with four school board seats up for election. The board of trustees is made up of seven members total. School board members serve three-year terms and meet around once a month at the high school. It is a volunteer position.
Places 5, 6 and 7, held by Ernie Villarreal, Shawn Brugette and Teresa Nuñez, are up for election. Place 2, which was previously held by Katie Price Fowlkes before she resigned from the board this month, will also need to be filled through 2023 until Fowlkes’ term is up.
Nuñez has filed for reelection and Villarreal has given a verbal commitment but had not yet filed as of press time, according to Superintendent Oscar Aguero.
When applying, candidates must state which place they intend to run for. The election will take place May 7.
Interested candidates can pick up application packets at the Marfa ISD Administration Office.
To qualify to serve on the Marfa ISD School Board, candidates must not be a teacher or otherwise an employee of the school district. They must also be a United States citizen, be at least 18 years of age and have lived in Texas for at least 12 months and within the school district for at least six months. They must also be eligible and registered to vote in Marfa.