DeSoto City Council adds additional office to Feb 2 2021 Special Election

DeSoto, TX - There has been a second office placed on the ballot for the February 2, 2021, DeSoto Special Election to fill the remaining term of Mayor Curtistene S. McCowan who passed away on October 28th. The DeSoto City Council tonight approved adding the vacancy for DeSoto City Council Place 7, to the Special Election ballot.

The Place 7 Councilmember’s office had been held by DeSoto Mayor Pro Tem Kenzie Moore III, who has been filling in for Mayor McCowan since she first took ill, but he was procedurally required to resign his Place 7 post when he recently announced that he was running for Mayor. Moore will continue to serve until the Place 7 vacancy is filled.

The Special Election was first approved under a DeSoto City Council Ordinance on November 17, 2020, to fill the Mayoral, Place 1 vacancy within 120 days as required by the Texas Constitution. The Place 7 vacancy was subject to the same 120-day requirement and the Council voted 4-2 to amend its ordinance and include it in the same February 2nd Special Election.

Candidates for either office will have until Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 5:00 pm to file their applications with the City Secretary’s Office. Applications will not be accepted after the close of the filing period. Early voting will begin on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, and continue through Friday, January 29, 2021.

To learn more about this special election including how to apply to run please visit

If you have any questions please contact City Secretary Kisha Morris-Perkins at 972-230-9646

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Contact: Matt Smith, DeSoto Communications Manager, 

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Official Photos of DeSoto’s Late DeSoto Mayor Curtistene S. McCowan and

Mayor Pro Tem Kenzie Moore III, who are both mentioned in this release.