Temple, TX — Temple resident files for seek the Temple City Council District 2 position, against former Mayor Pro Tem, Judy Morales.
On Tuesday, Cynthia Arriaga, filed to run in the special election. On May 20, former Temple Mayor Pro Tem, Judy Morales filed to seek re-election during the special election after resigning from her position in March amidst pending criminal charges. Morales filed after no one filled her council seat during the regular election.
In early April, Morales received nine months probation for pleading no contest to destruction or alteration of public documents. On top of the probation, Morales must also complete 24 hours of community service. Morales was given deferred adjudication and must also pay $750 in fines and $239 in court costs.
On Thursday, March 20, Morales, submitted a letter of resignation, announcing she would be stepping down from the city council. The Monday prior, Morales refused to step down, in spite of the mayor and the other three council members asking her to resign during a city council meeting.
Morales was arrested about a week prior to her resignation and was charged with destroying public information in connection to her reportedly instructing one of her employees to delete emails and files that linked her using county equipment to run for office in 2011.
According to the city's website, Morales was elected to the district two councilmember position in May 2011. She then became Mayor Pro-Tem in May 2013. Morales is a native of Temple, and she worked as the Director of Social Services for the Temple H.E.L.P. center. Her responsibilities at the H.E.L.P. center included "administrating, planning and implementing community based outreach services and programs since 1972."
The special election will take place on July 19.