Smiley council postpones municipal elections


The city of Smiley called an emergency meeting Friday morning to postpone the municipal May 2 general elections to Nov. 3, citing the guidance of Gov. Greg Abbot to help reduce the possibility of exposure, controlling the risk and to protect the health and safety of the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I know Gonzales has moved their elections to November,” Smiley Mayor Michael Mills said over the teleconference. “I know the school is going to decide the first week of April for their election. I don’t think Nixon has any elections going on with their city council, but I know quite a few places that moved their city elections to November because they’re worried about people gathering, touching stuff. We’ve been very lucky that we don’t have [a confirmed case] in our county.”

Councilwomen Willie Ann Canion and Kathy Whitehead declined to refile for their seats in February. Their vacated seats will be filled by Wayne Dauer and Paul Elder. They will swear in sometime after May 2, though an exact date has not been announced.

Meanwhile, Mills drew an opponent in former mayor Ellis Villasana.

After a few minutes of discussion, the council voted unanimously to push the general election to Nov. 3.

With no further agenda items, the meeting adjourned in less than 15 minutes.