POSTED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 9:42am
San Elizario, TX (KTSM) — San Elizario is one of the oldest communities in the United States, but yet the newest city in Texas.
Today dozens of residents gathered to hear from County Judge Veronica Escobar and local leaders about their future and the upcoming election process.
"I feel real proud, I think it's a big day for San Elizario now to finally move forward as a city and take the next step, I think it's a good step for San Elizario in the long run," San Elizario resident Al Borrego said.
County Judge Veronica Escobar announced that because this is the first time an election will be held, applicants will have to file in her office.
"Candidates will file in my office, 3rd floor of the county courthouse but they will file their appointment of a treasurer and their campaign finance reports with the elections administrator," Escobar said.
To run for office candidates must be at least 18 years old, have lived in San Eli for at least six months and have also been a Texas resident for at least 12 months prior to the election.
Residents living within the new city limits will be the only ones allowed to vote.
"We've been working through that behind the scenes and so what we wanted to do today was have very clear instructions for voters and for potential candidates," Escobar added.
This is the first time in years that San Eli residents will have a chance to elect its own leaders and there's some who are already thinking of running.
Incorporation advocate Maya Sanchez said she's thinking about stepping up to run.
"It’s something I'm thinking about but I haven't decided specifically up until today I thought the entire election was at-large so I didn't know what I was stepping to so I'm just trying to digest the information," Sanchez said.
County officials recommended residents to elect wisely and offered the county's full support to assist in the transition period.
"The next step is to elect city council and mayor that will represent the values and the vision that the people want for this community," Precinct 3 County Commissioner Vince Perez said.
"Until the point that they have their own governing body we're going to do everything possible to make them successful," Escobar concluded.
The election of the 5 members of the council and mayor will be held in May while early voting begins on April 28th. Candidates have until February 28th to file for office.