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Delgado still hoping to get on the ballot
Thursday, August 18, 2022 by Jo Clifton
Bertha Delgado is running for the City Council District 3 seat, but the city clerk rejected her first application for a place on the ballot because of a previous felony conviction. A spokesperson for the city said via email that Delgado’s application had been rejected “because it does not meet the statutory requirements under section 141.031(a-1) of the Texas Election Code. The application indicates that she has been convicted of a felony but have been pardoned or released from the resulting disabilities. Although she did include some court documents with her most recent application, none of the documents presented show proof of clemency, pardon, or restoration of rights. She may refile a ballot application with the required proof. The last day to file an application for the November 2022 General Election is Aug. 22, 2022 at 5 p.m.” When the Monitor asked her about the problem, she said she had been convicted of possession of a trace amount of cocaine but expected her attorney, Bill Aleshire, to help her provide the appropriate paperwork to the city in order to get on the ballot. The Austin Bulldog had a lengthy story on the matter on Wednesday revealing that Delgado was also arrested twice for DWI in Travis County in 2007 and 2010. She said she has worked hard to be a voice for the community and has left behind the problems she had as a young person. She is president of the East Town Lake Neighborhood Association and serves on the city’s Community Development Commission.
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