New Braunfels May election guide: City Council and school district races on ballot

There are several local elements to the May 1, 2021 election in New Braunfels. (Community Impact staff)
There are several local elements to the May 1, 2021 election in New Braunfels. (Community Impact staff)

There are several local elements to the May 1, 2021 election in New Braunfels. (Community Impact staff)

There are several local elements to the May 1, 2021 election in New Braunfels. Two races for City Council Districts 3 and 4 and four races at Comal and New Braunfels ISDs will share a ballot with 12 City Charter propositions.

Dates to know

April 19 - First day of early voting

April 20 - Last day to apply for a ballot by mail (received, not postmarked)

April 27 - Last day of early voting

May 1 - Election day

May 1 - Last day to receive a ballot by mail (unless late-arriving deadline applies)

Where to vote

Residents can cast their ballots at any polling location in their county, including the following six New Braunfels locations.

Westside Community Center, 2932 S. IH 35 Frontage Road, New Braunfels

Grace Church, 3240 FM 725, New Braunfels

Comal County Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa Street, New Braunfels

Christ Presbyterian Church, 1620 Common Street, New Braunfels

Comal County Goodwin Annex, 1297 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels

New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels

New Braunfels City Council

District 3:

Harry Bowers (I)

Kevin Robles

District 4:

Joy Harvey

Lawrence Spradley

New Braunfels City Charter Propositions

City Charter Amendment A

The position will remove the 1-year gap between a councilperson’s second and third terms.

City Charter Amendment B

Give city council additional authority when a council seat becomes vacant for 12 months or less.

City Charter Amendment C

Prohibits any councilperson from intentionally resigning their position in order to circumvent term limit rules. Offenders would be prohibited from running in future city elections.

City Charter Amendment D

Clarifies the role of the Mayor during an emergency or disaster. The Mayor would be given access to all of the abilities granted by state law in order to keep the peace, respond to the situation and appoint additional help if necessary.

City Charter Amendment E

The Mayor Pro Tem would be primarily responsible for coordinating City Council’s annual evaluations of the City Manager, the City Attorney and the Municipal Court Judge

City Charter Amendment F

Clarifies the residency requirement for the City Manager and the City Attorney, giving them up to 120 days after their appointment to establish residency in New Braunfels.

City Charter Amendment G

Adds the requirement for the City Manager to annually provide the city council with a 5-year financial forecast and a 5-year capital improvement plan.

City Charter Amendment H

Updates the charter to match state law by adjusting the city manager’s authority to contract for budgeted items with a limit of up to $50,000m anything over that limit would still require City Council approval.

City Charter Amendment I

Allows the City Manager to consent and allow council members to interact with individual department heads without violating the charter.

City Charter Amendment J

Updates the charter to match state law and current city practices regarding the appointment and removal of the municipal court judge by the city council. Also allows the municipal court judge up to 120 days after his/her appointment to establish residency in the city after being appointed by the city manager.

City Charter Amendment K

Gives the city secretary a total of 20 days to present a recall petition to the city council, instead of the current minimum of 5 days.

City Charter Amendment L

Repeals and removes the section of the charter that establishes and regulates the city’s Department of Taxation, which no longer exists due to state regulations.

City Charter Amendment M

Allows for the correction of grammar, spelling, gender references, syntax and future corrections without the need for additional charter amendment elections.

City Charter Amendment N

Addresses where certain city records are published or posted.

City Charter Amendment O

Changes how many times certain types of ordinances must be read by City Council for approval and clarifies the effective dates for all ordinances and publication requirements for all ordinances.

City Charter Amendment P

Updates the discrimination provision in the charter to include categories encompassed by federal and state law such as a prohibition on discrimination based on color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected classification which state or federal law prohibits as a basis for such appointment or removal.

City Charter Amendment Q

Adds a succession plan to the charter in the case of emergency or disaster where a quorum of city council can no longer serve due to injury or death. This section establishes an interim quorum of the city council through automatic but temporary appointments in order to handle city issues during the crisis.

City Charter Amendment R

Clarifies the restrictions and guidelines on campaign activities by city employees and city officials. Specifically, it restricts participation in political campaigning or related activities during work hours or while representing the city or their position with the city. Additionally, this change regulates off-duty political participation when the City Manager believes it is causing an unreasonable disruption to city operations.

Comal ISD Board of Trustees

District 1:

Tim Hennessee (I)

Brittany Soto

District 2:

David Drastata (I)

Courtney Biasatti

District 5:

Michelle Ann Ross (I)

New Braunfels ISD Board of Trustees

District 3:

Eric Bergquist (I)

John Porter

District 5:

Stephen Minus

Brian Grenier

Betty Niven
By Lauren Canterberry
Lauren began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development, breaking news and community interest stories. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.


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