COPPERAS COVE — Candidates running for municipal office and for the Copperas Cove Independent School District board are doing so to stay involved in their community.
Residents will get a chance in November to elect their chosen candidate for the Place 2 council position. Running is Azeita Taylor, 41; Sandor Vegh, 75; and Mark Peterson, 55.
Taylor, a former Copperas Cove Leader Press editor, said she was running for the office because she was approached by a fellow resident to seek the position.
Taylor’s desire to volunteer to serve the public quailfies her to serve as a councilwoman, she said. “I have (served) for many years now in other arenas throughout the city and the (school district).
“My former experience as a reporter to the city of Copperas Cove gives me a comprehensive knowledge of the workings of the city council, and my involvement in other committees will also help me to better understand the needs and inner workings of the city itself.”
Taylor serves on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and recently was appointed to the city’s hotel-motel occupancy tax committee.
Vegh, who is retired from civil service, said he is running to continue volunteering with the city. During the last 12 years, Vegh has served as a member of the planning and zoning commission, the golf association, the Copperas Cove Exchange Club, the Boys & Girls Board of Directors, the Optimist Club, the Police Alumni Association and other clubs.
“The city is growing and I have been involved in the city for a long, long time,” he said, “so I think I can benefit the city with the experience of what I have learned.”
Vegh added he would like to see the city continue to grow.
Peterson, who retired as a sergeant major with 30 years of military service, is running because he is “committed to the city and the things that make it special,” he said.
There are a lot of “exciting things” going on in the city, said Peterson, and he hopes to help them occur smoothly. He also hopes to continue the economic expansion of the city to maintain a low property tax rate.
“With our community growing, I want to help ensure that the growth continues in a responsible manner,” Peterson said.
Peterson has served as the Chamber of Commerce board of directors chairman, on the board of governors of the Association of the United States Army, and is a member of the Copperas Cove Exchange Club. He also served for 18 months on the council but was one of the council members who was recalled in 2008.
“All I want to do is focus on the future and where (I) need to go,” he said about the recall.
Copperas Cove ISD candidates
On the final day of filing, Cherise Jones, 43, filed to run against incumbent Bob Weiss, 73, for his Place 2 position for the school district’s board of trustees.
Weiss is a veteran educator with 36 years of service to the district as an employee and then another nine years as a board member.
“Hopefully, I have gained some experience that would be helpful in the upcoming ventures; also I have a good working relationship with the other board members,” said Weiss on why he would continue to be a good board member.
Weiss said he knows how the board operates, and while he may not always agree with other board members, he has shown the ability to make decisions together.
Jones, a support services specialist with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, said she is running for the position to stay involved in the community.
“It is a way to stay involved in our community and most importantly it supports kids in our school district,” she said about running.
Her daughter is a recent graduate of Copperas Cove High School, and she has served many years working as a volunteer for various school organizations.
Jones is a former Pride of Cove Band and Guard booster club president. She also is unit representative of the Fort Hood Military Family Members Scholarship Fund and a former Boy Scout Troop 295 councilor.
“Staying involved in our youth is very important because they are our future,” Jones said.