The Board of Directors (Board) of the San Antonio River Authority called for an election of two (2) Directors for the November 7, 2023 election. The June 22, 2023 Ordinance ordering the election can be viewed here.
A twelve (12) member Board governs the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority). The Board consists of two at-large members from each of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties, and one member for each of the four River Authority districts in Bexar County, for a total of twelve (12) members.
All positions are elected except in the case of an unexpected vacancy prior to a term ending, in which case the Governor of the State of Texas appoints a replacement to complete the term. Board terms are staggered with elections held in November of odd numbered years. The River Authority calls its election by ordinance and in accordance with the Texas election code. Each election is administered through each county’s elections office. When candidates are unopposed, the Texas election code allows for the River Authority to declare by ordinance that the candidates are unopposed and are elected to office.
After this past legislative session, the legislature changed the length of the term for members of the Board of Directors from six-years to four-years with no term limits. The two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be declared elected. To ensure Board member’s terms continue to be staggered during the transition from six-year terms to four-year terms, the person who receives the highest number of votes shall be elected to the first at-large Bexar County Director position and serve a four-year term beginning January 1, 2024 and ending December 31, 2027. The candidate who receives the second highest number of votes shall be elected to the second at-large Bexar County Director position and serve a two-year term beginning on January 1, 2024 and ending on December 31, 2025. After the election in 2023, all subsequent elections will be held every four years and all Board members will serve a four-year term.
The two (2) Board positions included in election on November 7, 2023 are:
- Bexar County at large (2 positions)
Application deadline for the November 7, 2023 election is August 21, 2023 at 5:00pm