One of two incumbents in the Killeen school board race said Thursday he plans to run for re-election; however, school officials say no one has officially entered the race for the May 6 election.
The filing period for the Killeen Independent School District board of trustees opened two weeks ago, and as of late Thursday, no one had filed to run in the election, officials said.
The board’s two seats up for election are held by board president Terry Delano and board member Marvin Rainwater.
On Thursday, Rainwater told the Daily Herald he intends to run for re-election.
A day earlier, he said he was not sure.
“I would like to run again, but I need some more time to speak to my wife and family about it first,” Rainwater said Wednesday.
Delano could not be reached Wednesday or Thursday.
Former candidates who ran for school board last year, including Phillip Floyd, Phyllis Nairn, Laura Allen and Amanda Casebeir, spoke Thursday with the Daily Herald. None said he or she definitely would run this year.
Floyd soon will move out of the area to serve in the Air Force; Casebeir already has moved out of the state.
Allen and Nairn both said they are considering running again, but have not filed election paperwork.
Candidates have until Feb. 17 to file.
What happens if no one files?
According to district spokesman Shannon Rideout, “An election may be canceled if no one files for positions up for election. After the election is properly canceled, the board will meet at a canvass to declare the official result of the election: no winner as a result of no candidate filings. If a vacancy occurs on the board, the remaining board members may fill the vacancy by appointment until the next board member election, or may order a special election to fill the vacancy.”
Candidates must complete a ballot application with Kirk Thomas, the election administrator, at the school district’s administration building, 200 N. W.S. Young Drive, and return the paperwork in person.
Regular business hours at the district’s administration building are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Candidates must live within KISD’s boundaries, which include Fort Hood, Harker Heights, Killeen and Nolanville.
KISD said it will update the Daily Herald at 4 p.m. each day about who filed for the positions. Candidates must submit a photo to the Daily Herald if they wish one to run with their filing announcement.