DeSoto plans to hold a special election Feb. 2 to name a new leader after Mayor Curtistene McCowan’s death last month.
McCowan, who passed away Oct. 28 after being diagnosed with lung cancer, was the first African American elected to public office in the city after winning a seat on the DeSoto ISD board in 1990, and she started serving on the City Council in 2012 before becoming mayor in 2016.
The DeSoto City Council unanimously approved the ordinance calling for the special election at its meeting Tuesday.
Those interested in applying can search the city’s site or contact City Secretary Kisha Morris-Perkins at 972-230-9646 or by email.
Early voting will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and continue through Friday, Jan 29.