Six people filed to be candidates in the Copperas Cove City Council and Cove Independent School District Board November elections as of Wednesday, placing one person in at least every position on the ballot.

Councilmen Kenn Smith, 81, and Gary Kent, 48, filed to retain their seats as representatives for Place 5 and Place 3. Smith and Kent are serving their first terms, making them incumbents if someone chooses to run against them.

Former Chamber of Commerce President Marty Smith, 67, filed as a candidate for Place 4. The seat is currently held by Danny Palmer. Palmer has been on the council since March 2009 and cannot rerun for the place.

For the Cove ISD School Board of Trustees, President Joan Manning, 59, and members Doug Cook, 75, and Mike Wilburn, 65, filed candidate applications to run for the board’s third, fourth and fifth seats.

With the first week of filing coming to a close, residents interested in the city or school board seats have until Aug. 26 to file as a candidate in the election.

Not speaking about individual candidates, Mayor John Hull encouraged people to participate in the process of being a local representative.

“The more people who sign up, the more choices (residents) have,” said Hull, who is also a former Coryell County Judge. “It makes a difference when you have more than once choice.”

Hull said he heard several other people were considering filing for the municipal elections and hopes whoever decides to run has the best interest of the city in mind.

“I would like to see that everyone who gets elected has the best interest at heart,” Hull said. “You have to have people who will work with each other. There is always some give and take on everything you do. You may not like it, but when it is over you have to be able to move down the road.”

Representatives for council and the school board of trustees are elected to three-year terms. Council members are limited to two terms while trustees have no term limits. They all are elected at-large.

The deadline for candidates to file to run for the Cove school board is Aug. 26. Early voting for the election will begin Oct. 21.

Council candidate information and applications can be picked up and submitted at the city secretary office, 914 S. Main St., Suite E, or download an application at

Board of trustee information and applications can be picked up and submitted at Cove ISD administrative offices, 703 W. Avenue D.

Chris McGuinness contributed to this report.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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