People interested in filing for a place on one of the ballots in the May 8 election have until 5 p.m. March 8 to do so.
Saenz said David Carabajal, a 38-year-old technical operation supervisor for Time Warner Cable filed for a place on the Ward 4 ballot at 4:20 p.m. Monday.
Carabajal is seeking his second term on the council. He defeated one-term Councilman Gerald Arismendez two years ago for the Ward 4 position.
Then Tuesday morning Ward 3 incumbent John Govella Fulghum filed for a place on the ballot in that ward.
Fulghum, 49, is a self-employed jeweler and is the longest-serving member of the City Council. He has represented both Ward 2 and his current ward and even served as mayor briefly last year.
Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez was the first council member to file for re-election on Feb. 8. Martinez was elected mayor by his fellow council members last May.
The 43-year-old oil field investigator for the state is seeking his third term in Ward 2.
Water board directors in Places 3, 4 and 5 also have filed.
They include James R. “Jim” Crumrine, who is running in Place 3, Ronald “Buddy” Hardy in Place 4 and William L. “Bill” Stockton Jr. in Place 5.
Water board places have no geographic significance and are used for election purposes only.
Residents who wish to vote by mail may begin applying for their ballots on March 9, the day after filing ends.
Early voting by personal appearance is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on April 26 at City Hall and end at 5 p.m. on May 4.
Saenz said personnel from his office will keep the early voting polls open until 8 p.m. on May 3 and 4, to allow working people a chance to cast early ballots.
Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on May 8. Ward 2 residents will cast ballots at the Mirror Image Auto Body and Paint shop (formerly Athey’s Tire Shop), 413 S. Washington St. Ward 3 residents will vote at the Police Training Center at 608 W. Milam St. and Ward 4 voters will cast ballots in the library at R.A. Hall Elementary School.
Saenz said voters need to be aware that elections could possibly be canceled if there are no contested positions for either the council or water board.
The City Council has the right to declare uncontested candidates the winners of the positions they are seeking and cancel the printing of ballots and the manning of polling places to save the city money.