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Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:25 am, Thu May 8, 2014.

By Chris McGuinness

Killeen Daily Herald

Five residents will compete for a single open seat on the Killeen Independent School District board of trustees, according to filing paperwork released by the district Monday.

Retired military veteran Brockley Moore, former educator Phuong Lan Carter, newspaper owner Mi-Ok Doranski, defense contractor T.J. Carson and former city council member JoAnn Purser filed to run for Place 7 in the May 12 elections.

Place 7 currently is held by Ron Rainosek, who also serves as the board's president.

Rainosek, who was appointed to the board in 2005 and re-elected in 2009, announced at a February board meeting that he would not seek re-election.

Moore, 45, is a member of several community organizations. Most prominently, he serves as the president-elect and community support chairman of the Killeen Area Alliance of Black School Educators.

Moore is no stranger to the election process. He ran against current trustee Kenneth Ray for the board's Place 4 seat in 2011, but was defeated after garnering roughly 39 percent of the vote.

Carson, 50, has also previously run for a seat on KISD's board. Carson, who owns Defense Logistics Management Group, lost to current board member Susan Jones in 2011.

Carter, 39, was employed from 2006 to 2009 as a teacher in the Copperas Cove Independent School District and holds a master's degree in counseling and psychology, according to her candidacy paperwork.

Doranski, 53, is the owner of the Korean Weekly Newspaper. Her husband, John, is running for an open seat on the Killeen City Council.

Purser, 50, manages and owns several businesses, including Bentina Rentals, Purser Homes and Killeen Engineering and Surveying. As a member of Killeen's city council, she was defeated in the May 2011 elections by Terry Clark. Purser's name was included on a petition which led to the recall of five council members in November.

While the five candidates will compete for Rainosek's open seat, the incumbent in the second seat up for re-election will have no challengers.

Board member Minerva Trujillo filed to run again for her seat and as of 5 p.m. Monday, no one had filed to challenge her.

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