Charlie Youngs said the current City Council “destroyed” a number of local organizations over the past few years.
He will get his chance to build them back up the next three years.
Youngs defeated Matt Russell with 720 votes or 55.9 percent of the vote, while Russell tallied 567 votes for 44.1 percent of the votes in Tuesdays election for a council seat in Place 7.
“There were many things the council did that were unpopular and the voters saw this,” Youngs said Wednesday. “”They destroyed the Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce.
“It took years to build up these organizations.”
Youngs said he supported the EDC over a proposed Municipal Development District along with candidate Marc Payne.
Proposal A — a vote to form a Municipal Development District to possibly replace the EDC — lost by a two-to-one margin Tuesday night.
“I will support Marc in the runoff election,” Youngs said.
Payne will be headed toward a runoff election with former Copperas Cove Mayor John Hull in December.
Payne also campaigned on the premise that “EDC is good and MDD is bad.”
Hull received 533 votes or 40.8 percent of the vote in the Copperas Cove Place 6 election and Payne scored 525 votes or 40.2 percent.
Danny Palmer finished with 251 votes, or 19.2 percent of the vote.
The term of the position is three years. Because none of the candidates received more than 50 percent of the votes, a runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 12, according to Coryell County elections official Justin Carothers.
“I was surprised by the low turnout Tuesday,” Payne said. “I would encourage people to get out and vote [in December] because this is such an important council election.”
Payne has been in Copperas Cove for more than 40 years and has been on a number of boards and committees, including serving as chairman of the EDC.
Hull served as Cove mayor for eight years, Coryell County judge for 12 years, as a member of the City Council for one term and was on the Copperas Cove Independent School District school board for 20 years. Hull, 85, is a long-term resident of the city, who graduated from Copperas Cove High School in 1950.
“At 85 years old you don’t get too excited (about elections),” Hull said. “I guess I am going to have to go out and work a little harder.”
CCISD board member Jim Copeland campaigned on “keeping the team together.”
That happened Tuesday night as Copeland defeated John Gallen by seven votes to earn the Place 6 school board seat for the next three years. Copeland finished with 678 votes and Gallen tallied 671.
In Place 5, incumbent Bob Weiss defeated Jeff Gorres, 733-610.
All totals are unofficial until after the canvass count expected Nov. 17 in Copperas Cove.