2013 Election



November 5, 2013 General Election Information

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Candidate packets are now available for download (below) and at the Mayor’s Office on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002. In addition to the entire candidate packet, forms and other information are available for separate download.  Please read the entire packet and follow the instructions. 


The attached packet is provided for your information in filing an application for a place on the ballot or to appear on the list of write-candidates. Please read the entire packet prior to filing your application. Included in the packet is an application for a place on the ballot and a form for write-in candidates. Select and complete the appropriate candidate application form and file it
with the Mayor’s Office, 3rd floor, City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002.



2013 Candidate filing period begins at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 29 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 26.


Filing of Application for Place on Ballot at Mayor’s Office, 3rd Floor of City Hall, 901 Bagby Street.  Filing hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Filing fees:


  • Mayor ..... $1250
  • Controller ..... $750
  • City Council Members ..... $500 


All filing fees MUST be paid in cash (exact amount) or certified or cashier’s check made payable to “City of Houston.”  A petition in lieu of a filing fee is available via the petition form below. No personal checks or money orders will be accepted.



Candidate Packet - Download entire packet (.pdf, 84 pages, please print pages 6-11 and pages 14-16 on legal-sized (8.5x14) paper.)

(individual forms and information below)


  1. Cover Letter
  2. Helpful Information
  3. Additional Instructions
  4. Sample Application Form (8.5x14)
  5. Candidate Application Form (8.5x14)
  6. Declaration of Write-In Candidate Form (8.5x14)
  7. Unsworn Declaration
  8. Petition In Lieu Of Filing Fee (8.5x14)
    1. English-Chinese
    2. English-Spanish
    3. English-Vietnamese
  9. Minimum Number Of Signatures Required In Lieu Of Filing Fee
  10. Campaign Contributions Memo
  11. Chapter 18, Code Of Ordinances
  12. Political Signs In The City's Rights-Of-Way And On City Property
  13. Personal Financial Statement
  14. Acknowledgment of Receipt
  15. Candidate Contact Information

List of Candidates Who Have Filed An Application for a Place on the Ballot




City Council voting precincts available at the City Secretary's Office and the Harris County Clerk’s Office