By Mason W. Canales
Harker Heights Herald
The last day to file to run for local government positions in Harker Heights and Nolanville is Monday, with a deadline of 5 p.m.
In Harker Heights, only two residents have filed to fill the two seats - Place 4 and the mayor's seat - that are up for election May 14.
If neither candidate gains an opponent, the city will not have an election, but it will assist Killeen Independent School District and Central Texas College in running their elections, Harker Heights Assistant City Manager Patty Brunson said.
"Most people, however, come in the first day of filing or they typically wait until the last day," she said.
Current Place 4 Councilman Rob Robinson has filed for re-election. Robinson, 68, has lived in Harker Heights 24 years. He currently resides on Cottonmouth Drive and is retired from the military.
Former City Councilman Mike Aycock, 58, filed for the mayor's seat. He has lived in Harker Heights for 23 years, and currently resides on Mesa Oaks Circle. Aycock is a general contractor.
He previously served two three-year terms, which ended in May 2010.
Harker Heights residents who want run in the May election can pick up a candidate packet in the Administration Office at City Hall, 305 Miller's Crossing, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today or Monday.
Currently, there is one additional candidate packet out, but it has yet to be returned to the city, Brunson added.
Five residents in Nolanville have filed to run for the three open seats - Place 5, Place 4 and Place 2.
Current Councilwoman Christina Rosenthal, who has lived in Nolanville for four years, filed to keep her Place 5 seat.
Quinton Ashley Matthews, who has lived in the city for 24 years, also filed for the Place 5 seat, making that race contested.
Miguel Angel Aviles, who the council appointed to finish an unexpired term earlier this year, filed to keep his Place 4 seat. Aviles has lived in Nolanville for six years.
Current Councilman Albert Simmons, 28, filed for re-election to his Place 2 seat. Simmons has lived in the city for 28 years.
The fifth person to file is Glenn Clyde McMann, who sought to be appointed to the council earlier this year after former Councilman Ken Miller resigned. McMann, who has lived in Nolanville for six years, did not declare which place he wanted to represent.
Regardless of which seat he decides to run for, one seat could remain uncontested if no one files for it by 5 p.m. Monday.
Several residents requested candidate packets but have yet to return them, Nolanville City Manager Stephen Pearl said.
Nolanville residents interested in seeking public office can pick up a packet at City Hall, 100 N. Main St., today or Monday.
Contact Mason W. Canales at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7554. Follow of him on Twitter at KDHheights.
Other area candidates
Craig Pearson filed for re-election to his City Council seat.
Clifton Peters filed for re-election to his City Council seat.
Wayne Carpenter filed for re-election to his City Council seat.
David K. Leigh filed for re-election to his City Council seat.
Wendy J. Flint filed for an at-large seat on the Board of Trustees.
Casey Staudt filed for an at-large seat on the Board of Trustees.
Fred Ybañez filed for an at-large seat on the Board of Trustees.
Jason Carothers filed for an at-large seat on the Board of Trustees.
Amanda Simmons Winkler filed for an at-large seat on the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Rosie Montgomery filed for re-election to the one-year unexpired term for Area 2 on the Board of Trustees.
Hans Fields filed for a seat on the Board of Aldermen.
Bryan Fritch filed for re-election to his seat on the Board of Aldermen.
Rodney Bell is seeking re-election to his seat on the school board.
Donny Sequin filed for a seat on the school board.