Temple Councilwoman Who Resigned, Declined Office Will Run Again

Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales (city photo/file)

TEMPLE (May 21, 2014) Former District 2 Temple City Councilwoman Judy Morales, who resigned from her seat after she pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and then later declined office after the May 10 election in which she was uncontested has signed up to run again in a special election this summer.

The Temple City Council ordered a special July 19 election after Morales submitted formal notice of declination following the May 10 city election, which came a month after she pleaded no contest to destroying or altering a public document.

So far, she’s the only candidate to sign up.

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.

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.