By Holly Wise

The Cove Herald

Residents who want to run in local municipal elections have just a couple days to file before the deadline.

Monday is the last day to be placed on the May 14 election ballot.

Two positions are available on the Copperas Cove City Council, and one is contested. James Strunk has filed to run against incumbent Frank Seffrood for Position 7 on the council.

Jim Schmitz has filed for re-election to his Position 6 place.

The three filings were completed Feb. 14, 15 and 17, and no new applications have been received, Copperas Cove City Secretary Jane Lees reported.

Two positions on the Copperas Cove Independent School District Board of Trustees are open for candidates.

Jim Copeland has filed for re-election to Place 6.

Karen Harrison has filed to fill Glynn Powell's expiring term in Place 7.

"This is usually the normal amount (of applicants)," CCISD Public Information Officer Katie Rudesheim said. "That is how it's usually been."

Every position up for re-election on the Lampasas City Council will be a contested race this May.

The number of applicants is unusual, Lampasas City Assistant Secretary Ursula Paddie said.

"This is kind of an odd year for us," she added.

Incumbent Mayor Judith Hetherly filed to run again for mayor, and current city councilman Jerry Grayson has decided to run against her.

Vying for Grayson's Place 1 is Wesley Alexander, Jason Hamilton and Jim Finley.

Bradley Neely has filed for re-election to his Place 2 post and will run against Robert McCauley.

In Place 6, John Cole filed for re-election and will face Chris Harrison.

Lampasas voters will face a bond election approved by the Lampasas City Council for a $5.8 million bond for two proposed city projects: the expansion and renovation of the Lampasas Public Library and construction of a new civic center.

Two seats on the Lampasas Independent School District Board of Trustees are up for election this year. Current board president Jamie Briggs has filed for re-election for Place 7, and Shannon Kellner has filed for Place 6, which is currently held by Wesley Crow.

Three incumbents have filed for re-election on the Kempner City Council. Dora Silva has filed for Place 2; Bob Craine filed for Place 3, and Clifton Morse filed for Place 4.

Contact Holly Wise at or (254) 501-7474.

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