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LITTLE ELM (January 16, 2018) Registered voters in Little Elm will elect a mayor and voters in two geographic districts will elect their respective Council members on Saturday, May 5. Votes can be cast on Election Day or during the election’s Early Voting period.
“All Little Elm residents who are eligible to vote may cast a ballot for the mayor’s position,” says Town Secretary Kathy Phillips. “In addition, those who live in districts 3 and 5 may cast an additional vote for their representative.”
Residents wishing to run for any of the positions, and who meet the eligibility criteria, may declare their candidacy during the month long filing period, which runs from Wednesday, Jan. 17 to Friday, Feb. 16. Packets containing the appropriate forms and other relevant materials may be obtained from the Town Secretary on the second floor of Town Hall, 100 West Eldorado Parkway in Little Elm.
David Hillock occupies the position of mayor, while the incumbent in Place 3 is Neil Blais, the current mayor pro tem, and the Place 5 incumbent is Nick Musteen. All three are eligible for re-election. Whereas the mayor’s position is at-large, meaning that any eligible resident may file for election, residents who declare their intention to run for either of the two districts up for election must reside in that district. Specific boundaries for district 3 and district 5 appear on the Town website www.littleelm.org. The Council district number in which voters reside also appears on individual voter registration cards.
Potential candidates must also be qualified voters in Town elections, be at least 21 years of age on the date of election, and have been a fulltime resident of Little Elm for no less than 12 months immediately preceding election day.
“The length of time for individual terms of office for the mayor and Council members is three years,” said Phillips. “The Town Charter also stipulates that the maximum number of terms for the mayor and Council members is three successive terms.”
Registration to vote in the May 5 election must be completed by April 5. Voter registration materials can be downloaded from the Texas Secretary of State website www.votetexas.gov. The Denton County Elections Office will soon publish the Early Voting and Election Day voting times and locations.
“We encourage eligible voters throughout Little Elm, and those in the two districts to cast their ballot in this election,” she said. “Voting for our representatives is a privilege that we enjoy, and it should not be taken for granted.”