COPPERAS COVE -- Candidates filing for city and school board positions had no challengers as of Friday for the area's first November local election. The deadline to file is Aug. 20.
Only three people have submitted paperwork to seek the three available city council seats since the candidate filing started July 21, and only two have filed to hold for open seats on the Copperas Cove Independent School District board of trustees.
Most of the candidates are incumbents.
Mayor John Hull, a former county judge, has served as the city's mayor for the last three years. He filed to retain his seat.
Cheryl Meredith, an escrow officer with Land Exchange Abstract and Title company, has held her Place 1 seat on the council for the last three years. She filed for re-election.
Azeita Taylor, a former Copperas Cove Leader Press editor, submitted paperwork to run for the council's Place 2 seat.
The seat previously was held by Councilman Charlie Youngs, who resigned earlier this year because of family issues.
Residents who want to run for municipal office must have lived in the city for a year prior to the election date. They can pick up candidate applications at City Hall, 507 S. Main St., or online at copperascovetx.gov and download the application from the election information link under the city information column. The application also can be dropped off at City Hall in the city secretary's office, mailed, faxed or emailed.
CCISD board of trustees
Candidates who already have filed for the Copperas Cove Independent School District board are all incumbent trustees.
Inez Faison, the executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Copperas Cove, has served on the school board since 2007 when she was appointed to fill an unexpired term. She then was elected in 2009 to a full term, which is coming an to end. She filed to be re-elected to her Place 1 seat with the district.
Bob Weiss, a former CCISD educator, was first elected to the board in 2003 after he retired from the district in 1999. He has filed to serve a third term in the Place 2 seat for the board, which doesn't have term limits.
Those who live within the boundaries of the district can run for public office. They can pick up candidate application packets at the CCISD administration offices, 703 W. Avenue D, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Packets also are available online at ccisd.com under a board of trustees election link.
Both elections were moved from May to November after a state Senate bill was approved and required election ballots be mailed to military and overseas voters at least 45 days prior to an election day.
The bill moved the state's primary runoff elections, which will conflict with local elections in May.
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