7:15 p.m. The first results from the special mayoral election in Copperas Cove show Bradi Diaz with the lead going into the today's voting.

Diaz received 335 votes during the nine-day early voting period. That’s ahead of Ron Nelson with 111 votes. Joey Acfalle received 82 early votes, while Brandi Weiand got 7 votes.

Unofficial results from Saturday’s voting are expected around 8 p.m.

6:30 p.m. The latest update on the number of votes cast in Copperas Cove special mayoral election shows that 195 voters had cast ballots as of 5:30 p.m.

Final results from today's voting is expected just after 8 p.m. today.

5:30 p.m. Voter Constance Smith says issues brought her to the polls Saturday to cast a ballot in the special mayoral election in Copperas Cove.

"I'm concerned about the taxes," Smith said after voting inside the Coryell County Justice Center. "I'm concerned about the school issues.  (And) look at our streets and our sidewalks.  I'm concerned about how our city looks. When people come to our city, I want them to see how beautiful we are inside and out.:

3:30 p.m. Voter Diana Castillo thinks voting in local elections may be much more important than voting in federal-level elections.

After casting her vote in the special mayoral election in Copperas Cove Saturday, Castillo said, "The reason is that local affects you almost immediately. The impacts you see much more quickly than at a federal level."

Voting is continuing at the Coryell County Justice Center until 7 p.m. this evening. The first release of vote totals for each candidate is expected just after the polling place closes, with final unofficial totals expected around 8 p.m.

11:30 a.m. According to the latest numbers posted at the Coryell County Justice Center in Copperas Cove, 76 voters have cast ballots in the special mayoral election.

9:30 a.m. According to numbers posted at the Coryell County Justice Center, 36 voters have cast ballots in the special election for mayor as of 9:30 a.m. 

Voter Linda Litton said she was casting her first ballot since 2016.
 
"It's very important," Litton said, standing outside the Justice Center. "If you care about your community and care about the people in it, you want to vote for  the one you think is the best, the one that's going to be there for us."
 

COPPERAS COVE - Voters are heading to the polls today in Copperas Cove to cast the final ballots in the special election for mayor.

Candidates Joey Acfalle, Bradi Diaz, Ron Nelson and Brandi Weiand are seeking to replace former Mayor Frank Seffrood. Seffrood died Dec. 28, just a few weeks after winning a runoff election to secure his second term as mayor.

Voters will cast their ballots at the Coryell County Justice Center at 210 S. 1st St. between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Copperas Cove residents who are registered to vote in either Coryell or Lampasas counties are eligible to vote in the special election. Those who wish to vote will need to present a valid form of photo identification at the polling place.

According to Coryell County Tax Assessor/Collector and Election Administrator Justin Carothers, 540 people cast ballots during nine days of early voting. Only four mail-in ballots were requested.

During the mayoral runoff election in December, voter turnout was estimated at 5%.

In their closing arguments the day before the election, each candidate expressed different reasons that voters should cast a ballot in their favor.

Joey Acfalle said he wanted to work with other city leaders to expand Copperas Cove’s tax base. Acfalle said that bringing in new businesses would increase tax revenue, enabling the city to repair aging streets and expand services. He added that new businesses would also provide jobs for the community.

Bradi Diaz touted her experience in government in asking to be elected. She noted that she is the only candidate who previously served as mayor of Copperas Cove and noted she has volunteered in the community for 25 years. She feels her relationships with other officials and experience make her the best candidate for the position.

Ron Nelson said he’s a relative newcomer to the community but he sees that as an advantage for him. In his closing argument, Nelson said all residents of Copperas Cove should have a voice in the future direction of the city. He urged voters to “choose the future” by voting for him.

Brandi Weiland said that, if elected mayor, she would try to guide the city in an economically sustainable direction. The long-time Copperas Cove resident said she did not have an idea of what that direction might look like, but she looked forward to finding out.

The official canvass of votes for the special election will take place May 7. If one candidate receives a majority of the vote, that person will be sworn-in May 21.

If no one receives a majority of the vote, a runoff election will be scheduled.

dperdue@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7568

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