By Justin Cox

Killeen Daily Herald

Break out the ballots – it's election time again.

With a week to go before the March 9 filing deadline, this year's lot includes some old faces, some new and some who are sure to make it interesting.

At the Killeen Independent School Board level, Dr. Ron Rainosek has filed and is unopposed at this point. And while retired Lt. Col. Art Trujillo has also filed for re-election, he will be challenged.

Mike Pearce, a former teacher at KISD for 10 years, said Friday that he will be throwing his name in the hat and will face off against Trujillo in the May election.

Pearce is perhaps best known for his candidacy in the District 55 election, where he was defeated in the Republican primary, coming in third behind Ralph Sheffield, who is now the representative.

In the city elections, candidates have filed for all four spots, but only two are contested at the moment.

Since Mayor Pro-tem Fred Latham is term limited, his District 3 post could be the most hotly contested seat of the bunch. Thus far, Bernardine Martin of Paintbrush Drive and John Doranski of Robert Tyler Drive have officially filed for the seat and will battle it out throughout the next two months before the May election.

In District 4, Otis Evans of Pondview Drive is making a play to keep his seat and will be challenged by Keith Gavin, of Deek Drive.

Kenny Wells in District 1 and Juan Rivera of District 2 have both filed for re-election and are unchallenged thus far.

Contact Justin Cox at or (254) 501-7568.

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