Douglas Morris
Douglas Morris
    Douglas Morris officially has been declared as elected by the Lamesa City Council and will be sworn into office next month.
    Morris did not draw an opponent in his bid to be elected as the council’s representative of District 6, which currently is held by Chance Britt.
     Britt, who has served one two-year term on the City Council, did not seek re-election this year.
    Municipalities are allowed by the Texas Election Code to cancel an election, if the candidate is unopposed.
    On Tuesday night council members approved the second and final required reading of an ordinance declaring Morris elected as an unopposed candidate and canceling the District 6 election.
    The first reading of that ordinance was approved by council members last month.
    Although the District 6 race will be canceled and Morris’s name will not appear on the city ballot, two other contested council races will be decided in the May 6 election unless a runoff election is required for two candidates.
    Longtime incumbent Council member Marie Briseno is being challenged in her re-election bid as the representative of District 2 by Council member Fabian Rubio, who currently holds the District 3 seat, and a new candidate, Daniel J. Reese.
    Since Rubio did not file as a candidate for re-election to the District 3 seat, a new council member will be selected for that district out of three candidates: Willie T. Ortiz, Roxanne Cofer Cox and Jamie Garcia.