Fall election will set mayoral term

Resident decries cost to call election for term-length extension

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Uvalde City Council on Tuesday opted to hold a special election, estimated to cost $6,000, in November to amend the city charter so that the mayor –  as is the case with all five council representatives – would be elected for four years instead of two.

The decision was made after Uvalde resident Diana Karau expressed her opposition to spending taxpayer dollars to fund what she said may be seen as an unnecessary election. After her comments, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin offered to foot the bill with his own money.

Karau, who noted that it was commendable that McLaughlin wished to continue serving beyond the end of his 2020 term, addressed council during the citizen’s input portion of the meeting.

“In making your decision tonight, the council needs to seriously consider the cost of holding a special election in 2019 just to facilitate Mayor McLaughlin’s ability to run for one four-year term in 2020. Can the council justify spending taxpayer dollars for what may be seen as an unnecessary use of public funds?” Karau questioned.


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