TEMPLE (May 16, 2014) The Temple City Council has ordered a special July 19 election after former Councilwoman Judy Morales submitted formal notice of declination following the May 10th city election, which came a month after she pleaded no contest to destroying or altering a public document.
“This decision has been made after much thought and prayer. The options presented to me by the City Council indicates that the council would move to vote to remove me if I took office in this election period, even though there is a question if this action would be permissible. I also do not want to be a distraction to the city business,” she wrote in the letter.
However, the deciding factor for me to decline the seat now is because I believe the voters in District 2 should be the final voice in who they want to have as their representative, not the four (sitting) council persons,” she wrote.
Those interested in applying for a place on the ballot should contact the Temple City Secretary’s Office for materials.
The office will accept applications until 5 p.m. June 4.
Early voting is at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7 through July 11 and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 14 and July 15.
The election is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wilson Recreation Center at 2205 Curtis B. Elliott Dr.
Morales was sentenced to deferred adjudication probation on April 10 after she entered the plea, and was ordered to serve 24 hours of public service, pay a $750 fine and almost $240 in court costs.
Morales resigned from Temple City Council on March 20, saying she thought her resignation was “best for the community,” but she remained the sole candidate for the seat in the May 10 council election.
The charge stemmed from an investigation of allegations that Morales directed an employee at the publicly-funded Temple HELP Center, where she served as director until last fall, to delete emails and documents linked to use of county equipment and personnel for campaign purposes when she ran for city council in 2011.