San Antonio’s Office of the City Clerk began accepting applications Monday for a temporary opening on City Council.

Former Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7), who was nearing the end of her third term, resigned last month to start a new job at University Health.

The council must now choose someone to represent Sandoval’s Westside district for the remaining three months of her term. Elections for all City Council seats and the mayor’s office will be held May 6, with early voting beginning April 24.

Applications for the three-month District 7 appointment opened Monday and will close Feb. 24 at noon.

Potential candidates must be at least 18 years old, have lived in the district for at least six months and be a qualified voter in the City of San Antonio.

City Council will narrow the list of applicants down to three potential candidates at its March 1 meeting. Those candidates will be interviewed by council members and a finalist will be named at a public meeting the following day.

The resolution council approved accepting Sandoval’s resignation said it won’t consider applicants who plan to run in the May election.

Sandoval has endorsed civil rights activist Rosie Castro for the appointment, who said Monday that she plans to submit an application sometime this week. Castro is the mother of U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) and Julián Castro, the former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and mayor. She ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 1971.

As of Monday afternoon three candidates had applied to run in District 7 in the May municipal election: Dan Rossiter, Marina Alderete Gavito and Jacob Chapa.

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Andrea Drusch

Andrea Drusch writes about local government for the San Antonio Report. She's covered politics in Washington, D.C., and Texas for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, National Journal and Politico.