SAN BENITO — It’s a big election year in this politically charged town.

On the five-member city commission, four seats are up for grabs on May 6 — three in the regular election and another in a special election.

Meanwhile, four positions are on school board’s ballot.

In the city’s regular election, positions on the ballot include those held by Mayor Celeste Sanchez, Place 1 City Commissioner Tony Gonzales and Place 2 Commissioner Rene Villafranco.

So far, no candidate has filed, City Secretary Lupita Passement said.

Filing deadline is Feb. 17.

Sanchez, the San Benito school districts’ former assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, won election in 2014, becoming the first woman to win the city’s top elected position.

Gonzales, a retired post office clerk, and Villafranco, who works for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, won their seats in special elections in 2010.

The election year got hotter when Place 4 Commissioner Joe D. Gonzalez announced he’s resigning to run for a seat on the school board.

The city will hold a special election May 6 to fulfill Gonzalez’s term, which expires in May 2018.

Filing deadline is March 6.

For more on the story read Thursday’s Valley Morning Star.