It appears that the members of Copperas Cove Independent School District’s Board of Trustees will remain unchanged, as unofficial vote totals show voters narrowly re-elected trustee Bob Weiss.
Weiss will retain his seat in Place 2 after apparently defeating first-time candidate Cherise Jones of Copperas Cove by a narrow margin.
According to unofficial vote totals, Weiss garnered 3,105 votes in Coryell County, and an additional 189 votes in Bell County.
Jones, a support services specialist with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, received 3,038 votes in Coryell County and 179 in Bell County, putting her just 81 votes shy of the total for incumbent Weiss.
While all of Coryell’s precincts had reported in at the time of this article, Bell County had yet to count all its votes.
“I feel very honored,” said Weiss, who acknowledged the possibility that Jones could bridge the gap between election night and one week from now, when the vote is certified. “I think we both have the best interests of the kids at heart.”
Jones said she was still waiting to see the election’s final results, but she hinted that she wouldn’t walk away from public service even if she does lose this election.
“I was hoping it would be a close race,” said Jones. “I don’t think I’ll give up, I think there will be other opportunities down the road for me.”
The district’s other trustee up for re-election, Inez Faison, ran unopposed, garnering 5,199 votes in Coryell County, and 317 votes in Bell County, according to unofficial totals.