SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Cibolo mayor Stan Boyle has been permitted to continue serving as that city’s mayor.
KSAT-TV reports the Cibolo city council voted 3-3 Tuesday night on whether Boyle had forfeited his office over lack of qualifications. He had pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge in 1998. Felons are not permitted to run for office in Texas.
The council needed five votes to make the determination Boyle had forfeited the office.
The issue had been raised by Cibolo city councilman Brian Byrd.
The law specifically states that a candidate cannot be “convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.”
The last two words were a matter of confusion for the council in the vote. Those who voted against the measure say the law was too fuzzy to determine whether Boyle should not be in the seat.
With the lack of clarity over the law, it is not clear if Byrd intends to sue to take the matter to court.
He simply told KSAT-TV, “This isn’t the end. I’ll put it that way.”
Boyle is seeking reelection this fall.