Brownsville Navigation District Election Information

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The upcoming election to be held in the Brownsville Navigation District will be

May 4, 2024


At that election, the following Places will be up for election

Place One

Place Three

Place Five


Deadline for filing an Application for a Place on the Ballot for the May 4, 2024 Election:

First Filing Date

January 17, 2024



February, 16, 2024

5:00 PM


Election Contact for the Brownsville Navigation District

Margie Recio

1801 Foust Road, Brownsville, TX  78521

(956) 831-4592



Current Brownsville Navigation District Board of Navigation and Canal Commissioners

Place Current Commissioner First Elected Current Term of Office
Place One Ralph Cowen 05/10/2008 2020 – 2024
Place Two John Wood 05/10/2014 2022 – 2026
Place Three John Reed 05/10/2008 2020 – 2024
Place Four Esteban Guerra 05/05/2018 2022 – 2026
Place Five Sergio Tito Lopez 05/10/2008 2020 – 2024



Chapter 141 of the Texas Election Code sets the requirements for holding public office in local political subdivisions, such as the Brownsville 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 Brownsville 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 be a qualified, registered voter by election day in order to be eligible to serve on the Board if elected.

A candidate must make a written application to request a place on the ballot.

A candidate must have a Campaign Treasurer Appointment on file before taking any action as a candidate.


Application for a Place on the Ballot and Instructions

Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate

Instruction Guide- Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate form

Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report

Brownsville Navigation District 2020 Election Precincts