The unofficial results of the City of Horseshoe Bay’s General Election have been released by the Llano and Burnet County Election Administrators (9:24pm on 11/7). Based on the unofficial results, Elsie Thurman has been elected Mayor, and Jeff Jones and Frank Hosea have been re-elected as Council Members. The unofficial tallies are listed below. The official election results will be canvassed at the November 14th City Council meeting, at which time the Mayor and Council Members will be sworn into office.
% of Votes
% of Votes
Jeffery D. Jones
Larry W. Morgan
*Council Member seats are at-large so three people are competing for two seats. The two candidates with the most votes will fill the two available seats.
Horseshoe Bay does not have a resign-to-run provision. Candidates who run for Mayor before their Council Member term ends, may retain their seat for the remainder of their term if not elected Mayor.
If for any reason one or more vacancies exist on the Council, the remaining Council Members shall fill such vacancy or vacancies by appointment unless a majority of the remaining Council Members votes to call a special election on the next available uniform election date for that purpose. The vacant office shall be filled for the unexpired term. A person serving as a Council Member shall be eligible for appointment or election to fill a vacancy in the office of the Mayor. (Home Rule Charter §3.05)
Are you registered to vote?
Visit the Secretary of State's VoteTexas.gov website to make sure you can vote on election day! The last day you can register to vote in the November 7, 2023 election is October 10, 2023. If you aren't sure if you are registered, or what your precinct is, just visit the Secretary of State's website at VoteTexas.gov.
Voter information including polling locations, dates and times for early voting and election day, applications for ballot by mail, etc. can be found on your County Elections website (links provided below):
If you reside in Llano County, contact the Llano County Elections Office:
Andrea Wilson, Elections Administrator
1447 E. St. Hwy 71, Ste A
PO Box 787
Llano, Texas 78643
If you reside in Burnet County, contact the Burnet County Elections Office:
Doug Ferguson, REO, Elections Administrator
106 W. Washington St.
Burnet, Texas 78611
Interested in Running for Office?
Visit the Secretary of State’s website for candidates to learn more about the process. Candidate packets for the 2023 election are available at the bottom of this page or by clicking here: 2023 Candidate Packet.
City of Horseshoe Bay Elections
General Elections for the City of Horseshoe Bay are held in November each year. Mayor and two Council Member seats are elected in odd years, and three Council Member seats are elected in even years. Texas Election laws limit the role of the City to providing public notices related to the Election and accepting and filing the candidate application with the applicable County Elections Administrator.
Questions regarding election laws and procedures, including how to run for office, are to be directed to the Secretary of State at 512-463-5650 or you may visit their website at www.sos.state.tx.us.
Questions regarding campaign finances, reporting procedures, and contributions or expenditures related to elections are to be directed to the Texas Ethics Commission at 512-463-5800 or you may visit their website at www.ethics.state.tx.us. The City of Horseshoe Bay follows the Texas Election Code laws for elections, with the specific qualifications for candidates as listed below.
The first day to file for a place on the ballot for the November 7, 2023 General Election is July 24, 2023. The last day to file for a place on the ballot for the November 7, 2023 General Election is August 21, 2023 at 5:00pm. By law, applications cannot be accepted prior to July 24th or after 5:00pm on August 21st.
The deadline to register to vote in the November 7, 2023 election is October 10, 2023. Early voting begins on October 23, 2023 and ends on November 3, 2023. Voting/Polling locations, dates, and times are available on your respective County websites. For Llano County residents, click here: LLANO COUNTY For Burnet County residents, click here: BURNET COUNTY
If you are interested in running for City Council in the future, please visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website for: information on how to run for office, deadlines, an application for a place on the ballot and all other required forms, legal requirements, financial reporting regulations, and other election information. You may also find this brochure from the Texas Municipal League called A Guide to Becoming a City Official, a useful resource.
Qualifications for City Council Candidates:
1) Must be a United States citizen;
2) Must be 18 years of age or older on the date of filing;
3) Must have not been determined by a final judgement of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
a) totally mentally incapacitated; or
b) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
4) Must have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
5) Shall have resided continuously in the City of Horseshoe Bay not less than twelve (12) months immediately preceding election day;
6) Must be a registered voter of the City of Horseshoe Bay as of the filing deadline;
7) Must satisfy/meet any other requirements prescribed by law and the Texas Election Code.
Candidates may file an application for a place on the ballot for the Mayor or Council Member place, not both. If elected, each Council Member and the Mayor must continually reside within the city limits during their term of office, and any removal of their residence from the city limits during their term of office shall constitute a vacancy in their office, and such vacancy shall be filled as provided by Section 3.05 of the City Charter.
A packet of information for potential candidates is available below, which includes information and forms that may be helpful for those interested in running for office. Please see the additional resources at the bottom of this page as well.
Click HERE to find important election dates for the years 2022-2024 on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.
2023 Election Related Documents and Notices
- Notice of November 7, 2023 General Election
- Llano County HSB Sample Ballot
- Burnet County HSB Sample Ballot
- Donald Beeman 8 Day Campaign Finance Report 10.31.2023
- Elsie Thurman 8 Day Campaign Finance Report 10.30.2023
- Donald Beeman 30 Day Campaign Finance Report 10.10.2023
- Elsie Thurman 30 Day Campaign Finance Report 10.09.2023
- Campaign Finance Guide
- 2023 Candidate Packet
- Application for a Place on the Ballot
- Notice of Filing Deadline
- Notice of Drawing for a Place on the Ballot
- Candidate Requirements (Form 1-15)
- Notice of Voting Order Priority
- A Guide to Becoming a City Official
- Handbook for Mayors and Council Members
- Key Legal Requirements for Texas City Officials
- Understanding Your Personal Liability as a City Official A Primer