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Internet Posting Requirements
The above link is a copy of the Internet Posting Requirements for Political Subdivisions, which provides the details for submitting an Application for a Place on the Ballot to run for local office.
Notice of Deadline to File Applications for Place on the Ballot
The above link is a copy of the Notice of Deadline to File Applications for a Place on the Ballot posted at City Hall.  The above Notice provides the dates in which an Application for a Place on the Ballot can be submitted to the City Secretary.
Order of Election - Ordinance 2021-04
The above link is a copy of the Order of Election.  The Order of Election provides the date of the election; the purpose of the election; early voting by personal appearance locations, dates and hours; and the mailing address to request an application for ballot by mail.
Notice of Drawing for Place on the Ballot - TBA
The above link is a copy of the Notice of Drawing for a Place on the Ballot.  The notice provides the date, time and location of the drawing of Candidate names for a place on the election ballot.
Notice of Voting Order Priority
The above link is a Notice of Voting Order Priority for voters with mobility issues.

Notice for Drawing for Place on Ballot

2022 Election Calendar

2022 Early Voting Schedule

Election Information


General Election Information/Información Electoral General - City of Jamaica Beach, Texas

The City of Jamaica Beach holds its election for the Mayor and City Council on the first Saturday in May of each year. The election for (3) At Large Council Positions are held in even numbered years, while the election for Mayor and (2) At Large Council Positions are held in odd numbered years.  

Qualifications for Mayor and City Council Members

In General Law Municipalities, the qualifications for the Office of Mayor and City Council Members are:

·         Be a United States citizen.

·         Have been a resident of Texas for at least 12 months, as of the deadline for filing for the office.

·         Have resided in the City for at least 6 months preceding Election Day.

·         To be eligible for the office of mayor of the municipality, a person must be a registered voter and must have resided within the municipal limits for at least the 12 months preceding the Election Day. (General Law Type A)

·         Have a current voter registration certificate.

·         Be 18 years of age or older upon the commencement of the term to be filled at the election.

·         Not have been convicted of a felony for which he or she has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.

·         Not have been deemed mentally incompetent by a final judgement of a court.


Notice to Prospective Candidate

Thank you for your consideration to offer your services to the citizens of Jamaica Beach by becoming a candidate in the May 7, 2022 municipal election. In an effort to inform you of dates that will be important to you and your obligation to comply with certain applicable state statutes and local ordinances, a candidate’s packet has been prepared with the necessary forms and pertinent instructions.


Be advised that the first thing a person who plans to run for City Council must do is appoint a campaign treasurer and file the required Texas Ethics Commission, Campaign Treasurer Appointment with the City Secretary (form included in the Documents and Handouts below). 


The Election Code defines candidate as "a person who knowingly and willingly takes affirmative action for the purpose of gaining nomination or election to public office or for the purpose of satisfying financial obligations incurred by the person in connection with the campaign for nomination or election."  A person becomes a candidate when a public announcement or statement is made of an intent to run for office, soliciting support by letter or other mode of communication, accepting campaign contributions or making campaign expenditures, or an application is filed for a place on the ballot.


I encourage you to read the materials prior to filling out the specific forms and contact me should you have any questions at dnesbitt@jamaicabeachtx.gov or 409-737-1142, Opt 5.




Debbie Nesbitt

City Secretary

Application for Place on the Ballot        
Click on the above link to obtain an Application for a Place on the Ballot.  The loyalty oath is included on this form and must be signed in the presence of a notary.  The application must be filed with the City Secretary, starting at 8:00 a.m. on January 19, 2022 thru 5:00 p.m. on February 18, 2022.
Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate - Instruction Guide
Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate - Form CTA
The above form must be filed before you may accept a campaign contribution; make or authorize a campaign expenditure, including an expenditure from your personal funds and/or submit your Application for a Place on the Ballot.
Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report - Instruction Guide
Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report - Form C/OH
The above form is to be filed with the City Secretary on dates specified on the form.  There is a modified reporting statement for those candidates not planning to spend more than $500, which is attached to the Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate (reference above).
Chapter 258, Election Code, Fair Campaign Practices Act
Subscription to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices is voluntary; however, you are encouraged to do so.
Code of Fair Campaign Practices - Form CFCP
This form is to be filed with the City Secretary upon submission of the Campaign Treasurer Appointment form.
Texas Ethics Commission Filing Schedule for Reports
This Texas Ethics Commission link provides the filing schedule dates of when pre-election and semiannual reports are due.
Political Advertising - Texas Election Law Guide
Campaign Advertising Guide 2022
Ordinance 87-9
Both links pertain to political advertising.  Please read carefully.

Filing Dates

Filing for a place on the ballot begins January 19, 2022 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on

February 18, 2022.  

Review Process

Each application must be carefully reviewed to determine whether it complies with the Election Code requirements as to content. Please file your application as soon as practicable to allow sufficient time for this review.

Special Notes

Please make special note of the next two paragraphs of information.
Title 15 of the Texas Election Code pertains to campaign contributions and expenditures. Financial reports (forms included as referenced above) must be completed by the candidate’s campaign treasurer (but signed only by the candidate) and filed in the City Secretary's office. I cannot over emphasize the importance of adhering to the financial reporting procedures. Campaign reports are considered open records and will be viewed as such by reporters and opponents alike.

Should you have any questions regarding the reporting procedures, contributions or expenditures, please call the Texas Ethics Commission, Disclosure Filings Division at 512.463.5800 for assistance or visit the 
Texas Ethics Commission website. The duties of the City Secretary are limited to accepting and filing the various applications, affidavits and statements, and noting the date and time of filing thereon.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the City Staff at 409-737-1142, Opt 5.

You may also visit the Galveston County Election Divisions website at www.galvestonvotes.org for additional election information.
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