The upcoming election to be held in the
Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District
will be:
At the election, the following Places
will be up for election:
May 2025Place 1 & Place 2
First day to File an Application for a
Place on the Ballot
Deadline to File an Application for a
Place on the Ballot
January 18, 2023February 17, 2023


Victor Barrera, Place 1Chairman, Term May 2021 – May 2025
Joe Martinez, Place 2Secretary, Term May 2021 – May 2025
Jose Morales, Place 3Member, Term May 2023 – May 2027

*Commissioners are elected by plurality, at large by place. 

  • Definition of Plurality system,
    • Electoral process in which the candidate who polls more votes than any other candidate is elected.
  • Definition of At-Large by place,
    • The candidates run in separate groups on the ballot, for each position or place
    • All the qualified voters in the political subdivision may vote in the race


Chapter 141 of the Texas Election Code sets the requirements for holding public office in local political subdivisions, such as the Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District.

The candidate must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be a United States citizen;
  2. Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election;
  3. Have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
    1. totally mentally incapacitated; or
    2. partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
  4. Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
  5. Have resided continuously in the state of Texas for 12 months and in the Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District for six months immediately preceding the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot;

In addition, under Chapter 63 of the Texas Water Code and the District’s enabling legislation a candidate must meet the following qualifications:

Sec. 63.082. QUALIFICATIONS.Segundo. 63.082. CALIFICACIONES.
To be qualified for appointment as a commissioner, a person must be a resident of the district, a freehold property taxpayer, and a qualified elector of the county.Para ser elegible para el nombramiento como comisionado, una persona debe ser residente del distrito, contribuyente de propiedad absoluta y elector calificado del condado.

Internet Posting Requirements for Political Subdivision

Political Subdivision Boundary Map

Below is information regarding the May 06, 2023 General Election

Locations of Election polling places listed below are subject to change:

Click here for Polling Locations (See Notice of General Election)

** For additional information and forms, please visit:

Texas Secretary of State – https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/index.shtml

Texas Ethics Commission – https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/forms/local/localcohfrm.php