Early voting fort the May 4 General Election is scheduled to begin Monday next week with multiple contest races in Fate on the ballot.
Joe Burger, former councilman for Place 4 on the Fate City Council, is challenging incumbent Lorne Megyesi for mayorship.
Burger announced earlier this month that he would be running for mayor, while Megyesi announced his bid for re-election through a Monday press release.
John Brandt and John Hamilton have also submitted candidate applications to serve on Place 6 on the council, with incumbent Steve Herrmann not seeking another term.
Fate is under an “at large” voting system, meaning that council seats are not bound to specific voting districts.
All of the candidates that will be on the May 4 ballot met earlier this week for a candidate forum in the Williamsburg subdivision in Fate, where they spoke to residents about local issues.
Fate voters will also be voting on 11 proposed city charter amendments.
Amendment proposals were developed by a seven-member charter review commission consisting of two current council members and five Fate residents.
Councilmembers David Billings, Place 5, and Lance Megyesi, Place 2, were the two elected officials who served on the charter commission.
Three of the five residents who helped come up with charter amendment proposals, Nikki Robinson, John Stacy and Jon Thatcher, have served on the Fate City Council. Erik Dickison and Ian Fields were also appointed by councilmembers to serve on the commission, which met throughout November and in October last year.
Two proposed amendments, which pertain to the city council’s investigatory powers, led to councilmembers clashing at their Feb. 4 council meeting during a discussion over whether or not certain proposed amendments should be left off of the ballot.
Charter amendment “H” would give councilmembers the power to investigate the conduct of city departments and employees. At least five people on the council would have to approve any such investigation.
Amendment “I,” if passed by voters, would allow the council to reorganize, establish or abolish city departments, offices and agencies.
Early voting for the 2019 Uniform Election in Fate will take place from April 22-30, at Fate City Hall, located 1900 CD Boren Pkwy.
The full early voting schedule can be found online, https://bit.ly/2XoPSTN.