Here’s why one San Marcos candidate was allowed to run for 2 offices—and what happens if he wins both

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Juan Miguel Arredondo won his school board seat and is now in a runoff for the mayoral seat

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A candidate for two offices in San Marcos may have to choose which one to keep.

Unofficial election results show Juan Miguel Arredondo was re-elected to his seat on the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District’s board of trustees. Arredondo beat out James Bryant, Jr. 59.79% to 40.21%.

He’s also now headed to a run-off election for mayor, challenging incumbent Jane Hughson.

“While folks are taking down their signs… I am putting mine up in additional locations,” he told KXAN’s Tahera Rahman on Monday. “It’s always a challenge to ask folks to vote for you and to put their trust in you. And in 2020, I asked people in some parts of the community to vote for me twice.”

That’s normally not allowed.

According to Title 9, chapter 14 of the Texas Election Code, filing applications for more than one office are generally prohibited for two or more offices that:

  1. are not permitted by law to be held by the same person; and
  2. are to be voted on at one or more elections held on the same day.

But there’s nothing normal about 2020.

“Our elections were postponed from May through November because of the COVID, and so we had to get legal approval for him to be able to be on the ballot twice,” said SMCISD board president Clementine Cantu.

The school board made the move to postpone their election during a special meeting in March. The elections office says Arredondo would have to resign/not accept one of those positions if he won both.

He says he’s already made that decision.

“I would step down from the ISD board of trustees to serve as their next mayor,” Arredondo said.

“We will have to come up with names of people that we are thinking could be a successor to his spot,” Cantu said.

She says discussions on that won’t start until after the runoff on Dec. 8 but will likely entail interviewing candidates before putting them to a vote on the agenda.

“We just have to follow procedure, keeping within the 180 days that we’re told that we have to do this,” she says.

Cantu says something similar happened about 20 years ago. David Chiu was elected mayor in 2000 and resigned from his school board position. However, Chiu was not running for both races at the same time.

For now, Arredondo will be sworn into his third term as school board member on Monday.

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