September 10, 2019 •
El Paso City Council Votes to Hold Special Election for District 3 Seat
El Paso City Council voted to hold a special election on November 5 to replace a District 3 councilwoman after a Facebook post on her public page announced her candidacy for mayor.
The post by city Rep. Cassandra Hernandez, which was later deleted, triggered a resign-to-run law.
The law states that an elected official must resign from office upon announcing a run for another seat.
Rep. Hernandez said she did not upload the post but one of her supporters did.
Hernandez asked city leaders to use their discretion to vote no and asked to be able to vote.
However, her request to vote was denied and the special election for her position was approved with a 4-3 vote.
Hernandez cannot run for her seat in the special election because she is under a holdover clause, meaning she is keeping the seat until her successor fills it.
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