• September 16, 2014

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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:52 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

With less than one week left to file to run in the May 11 local elections, Lampasas, Kempner and the Lampasas Independent School District have yet to have residents contest any race that could be on the ballot.

“(Potential candidates) still have until Friday this week,” said Benjie Tischler, the director of Human Resources for the school district.

Lampasas ISD, which stretches from Copperas Cove to Lampasas, has two board of trustees’ seats up for election this May — Places 4 and 5. The board members serve three-year terms, but they are not term-limited for their positions, which are elected at-large.

Place 4 is occupied by Kirk Whitehead, who listed his occupation as a general manager. He filed to retain his seat on the board.

Place 5’s Linda Floerke has not filed for re-election yet. However, David Millican, who listed himself as self-employed, filed to run for the office.

Tischler said the district’s offices will remain open until 5 p.m. Friday to accept applications.

Lampasas City Council

The Lampasas City Council also has seen only incumbents file for the upcoming election thus far.

The city mayor’s seat, and Places 1, 2, and 6 will be on the May 11 ballot. The positions are two-year terms and have no term limits. The seats are elected at-large.

Mayor Jerry Grayson, Place 1’s Wesley Alexander, Place 2’s Brad Neely and Place 6’s Chris Harrison all filed to serve again.

Grayson is retired, Alexander is a peace officer, Neely is a Texas Department of Transportation construction inspector, and Harrison is a contractor.

Residents who want to seek office can submit an application with the city secretary.

Kempner City Council

In Kempner, three seats are up for election.

The city’s Place 2, 3 and 4 councilmen all re-filed for election. Serving as Place 2 representative is Robert McKinnon, who is retired and was appointed to the position in 2012. Bob Crane, who is retired, serves as the Place 3 councilman. And Clifton Morse, who also is retired, is the Place 4 seat holder.

Kempner elected officials sit on the governing body for two-year terms and don’t have term limits. Residents elect the officials at-large.

Those who want to seek the Kempner seats must fill out an application with the city secretary by 3:30 p.m. Friday.

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