The city of Grand Prairie is a Home Rule City and is governed by the laws of the State of Texas and within the framework of the City Charter which was approved by the voters of Grand Prairie on May 1, 1948. Amendments to the Charter have been approved periodically by the voters of the city. The city operates under a Council-Manager form of government which combines strong leadership, representative democracy through elected officials, and a professionally trained and educated city manager.
The City Council is the legislative body; its members are the community's decision makers. Power is centralized in the elected council, which approves the budget and determines the tax rate, for example. The council also focuses on the community's goals, major projects, and such long-term considerations as community growth, land use development, capital improvement plans, capital financing, and strategic planning. The council also supervises the city manager's performance.
Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 317 College Street. City Council meetings are open to the public and citizen input is welcome. Citizens may speak at Council meetings on any agenda item and may also speak regarding items not listed on the agenda during "Citizen Comments" by completing and submitting a speaker card. Comments are limited to 5 minutes. City Council agendas are available on the city's website (view agendas).
City Council Elections
The City Council is made up of six Council Members who represent six council districts, two Council Members who represent the city "at large," and a Mayor who is also elected at large. The Mayor and Council Members are elected for three-years terms on a nonpartisan basis.
|District||Current Elected Official||Term Ends|
|Mayor (At Large)||Ron Jensen||05/2022|
|Mayor Pro Tem, District 8 (At Large)||Greg Giessner||05/2021|
|Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, District 1||Jorja Clemson||*05/2020|
|District 2||Jim Swafford||05/2022|
|District 3||Mike Del Bosque||*05/2020|
|District 4||John Lopez||05/2022|
|District 5||Cole Humphreys||05/2021|
|District 6||Jeff Wooldridge||05/2021|
|District 7 (At Large)||Jeff Copeland||*05/2020|
* An election will be held on May 2, 2020, for terms ending in May 2020. All offices are for a three-year term.
City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month with the exception of the months of July, October and December, which will have one meeting each. View minutes of past City Council meetings.
Qualifications to run for City Council
- Must be a citizen of the United States.
- Must be 18 years of age or older at the commencement of the term to be filled by the election;
- Must be a resident of Texas for 12 months and the City of Grand Prairie six months immediately preceding the 45th day before the election;
a. In addition, candidates for Districts 1 and 3 must be residents of the respective district and must have been a resident of the district for at least six months prior to the date of filing.
- Must not be under an adjudication of mental incompetence;
- Must not have been convicted of a felony for which he/she has not been pardoned or had
Civil rights restored by other official action;
- Must be a qualified, registered voter in the City of Grand Prairie, and have been a registered voter in Texas for the last twelve months.
An application for a place on the ballot can be obtained from the Office of the City Secretary and submitted to that office between January 15, 2020, and February 14, 2020.
Candidates for mayor may pay a filing fee of $100 or submit a petition. Petitions for both mayor and council member candidates will require the signatures from registered voters within the City of Grand Prairie totaling ½% of the number of votes cast in the last Mayoral election within the council member district.
Petition signatures required for the May 2, 2020 election:
District 1: 43
District 3: 33
Place 7, At Large: 288
For additional information:
City of Grand Prairie
Cathy DiMaggio, City Secretary
P.O. Box 534045
Grand Prairie, TX 75053-4045