ELECTION 2017

Election day is nearly here and there are multiple races in the Copperas Cove, Gatesville areas for the Nov. 7 election.

The Copperas Cove City Council have two contested seats on the ballot, as well as the Copperas Cove Independent School District and the Gatesville Independent School District.

Copperas Cove residents will also have a chance to vote on whether or not to create a municipal development district. If it passes, a future vote would be scheduled to dissolve the city’s Economic Development Corporation.

Some city officials want the municipal development district to take the place of the EDC.

Texas residents across the state will also be able to vote on seven constitutional amendments proposed by the state legislature.

COPPERAS COVE

Ten candidates will by vying for five spots in local government in Copperas Cove.

Five candidates will be seeking two positions on the City Council in places 6 and 7. Another five candidates will be attempting to fill three positions on the Copperas Cove Independent School District school board.

CITY COUNCIL — PLACE 6

Former Economic Development Corporation Chairman Marc Payne faces John Hull, a former Cove mayor, and Danny Palmer, a former council member. Current Councilman George Duncan did not seek re-election.

The term of the position is three years.

CITY COUNCIL — PLACE 7

Incumbent Matthew Russell will face off against Charles Youngs for the three-year seat.

COPPERAS COVE ISD BOARD — PLACE 5

Incumbent Bob Weiss will face off against Jeff Gorres in an unexpired term. The position expires November 2019.

COPPERAS COVE ISD BOARD — PLACE 6

John Gallen will face incumbent Jim Copeland for a three-year term.

COPPERAS COVE ISD BOARD — PLACE 7

Dr. Karen Harrison is running unopposed for the three-year term.

SPECIAL ELECTION IN COVE — PROPOSITION A

A yes vote on proposition A will create the Copperas Cove Municipal Development District and the imposition of a sales and use tax at the rate of three-eighth percent for the purpose of financing development projects beneficial to the district. The city would have to hold a separate election to eliminate the Economic Development Corporation should the MDD proposition pass. A yes vote would not increase taxes.

GATESVILLE COUNCIL

The November election for three councilman seats was canceled, according to documents provided by the clerk. Three residents will be running unopposed for three seats. David Mitchell will become the Ward 1, Place 1 council member; Meredith Rainer will be elected as the Ward 1, Place 3 councilman; and Ronnie Viss becomes the Ward 2, Place 5 councilman.

GATESVILLE SCHOOL BOARD

With three at-large seats to be filled on the Gatesville Independent School District School Board, 14 individuals filed as candidates. Katherine Lowrey Sullivant withdrew from the race Oct. 18, due to health issues. Her name will still appear on the ballot, however.

The candidates are Lisbeth Appelman, incumbent; Deborah Crosby Ford, incumbent; Dr. Stephen Norris, incumbent; Charles Alderson; Lisa Pruitt Bankhead; Joseph Campbell; Ryan Coggins; Rob Erwin; Tony Fernandez; David Fincher; Stephen Minton; Bruce Thoms and John Westbrook.

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