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What you need to know about running for office in Shenandoah & Oak Ridge North

January 25, 2019 GMT

Elections are fast approaching for municipalities in Texas.

For Shenandoah and Oak Ridge North, this means the potential upheaval of their city councils — with council members Ted Fletcher, Byron Bevers and Charlie Bradt in Shenandoah and Oak Ridge North council members Clint McClaren, Dawn Candy and Frances Planchard all up for re-election on May 4.

Election rules and deadlines are the same for both general law cities — candidate filing opened on Jan. 16 and goes through Feb. 15 by 5 p.m. The new or re-elected council members will hold their positions until May 2021.

To be considered eligible for election in Shenandoah, a candidate must be 18 years old, a registered voter in the state of Texas by the time of the election, have lived in Texas for one year prior to the filing deadline and a resident of Shenandoah for at least six months prior to Feb. 15.


A candidate hoping to toss their name in the hat in Oak Ridge North must be at least 18 years old at the time of the election, a United States citizen and a registered voter in the state of Texas. They must also have resided in Oak Ridge North for at least one year before the election. To be considered eligible for candidacy, hopefuls must also be up to date with their financial obligations to the city.

Early voting in Montgomery County goes from April 22 to April 30.

To file as a candidate and for more information on election registration rules, visit the Shenandoah and Oak Ridge North election websites.