May’s municipal election for the Killeen City Council gained a new candidate Friday, creating a contested election between two current members of the city’s governing body.

Mayor Pro Tem Mike Lower filed a candidate packet Friday on the last day filings were accepted. Lower and Councilman Terry Clark will face off for the District 3 seat.

Redistricting moved Lower into District 3. He was appointed to represent District 4 after former Councilman Ernest Wilkerson resigned in June 2011.

The District 3 seat is Killeen’s only contested race in May 11’s municipal election. Only five residents filed for the four district seats up for election this year, meaning three seats were technically decided at 5 p.m. Friday.

Incumbent Wayne Gilmore will remain the councilman representing District 1.

Incumbent Jose Segarra will continue to represent District 2.

Steve Harris, an area teacher and coach, will be the new representative on the council for District 4. Harris unsuccessfully ran for an at-large spot in May.

Killeen ISD board

Two people filed to run against incumbent members of the Killeen Independent School District’s board of trustees in May.

Army Career and Alumni Program counselor Lan Carter and local business owner John Gilmore turned in paperwork Friday.

Carter filed to run for Place 1, currently held by board president Shelley Wells who filed for re-election. Carter, a former educator, ran against four candidates for Place 7 in May, but lost to JoAnn Purser.

Gilmore, the president of Big Chief Distributing Company, owner of TCBY in Harker Heights and husband of KISD’s public information officer Leslie Gilmore, filed to run for Place 2 against incumbent Susan Jones, who filed her paperwork in February.

Incumbent Corbett Lawler is running unopposed for re-election May 11.

Central Texas College

Friday’s filing deadline passed without any challengers contesting the re-election bids of three Central Texas College trustees. Board chair Mari Meyer, board secretary Jimmy Towers and board vice chair Elwood Shemwell will retain their seats.

Harker Heights

Three candidates entered the race for Place 1 on the Harker Heights City Council and one incumbent filed for re-election to Place 3.

Donald Lee Erik Sandlin, 55, an Army contractor, joined Stuart “Stu” McLennan III and Harrel “Hal” Schiffman on the ballot for Place 1. Councilman John Reider is term limited and cannot run this year.

Mayor Pro Tem Pat Christ filed for re-election to the Place 3 seat.


Lampasas Mayor Jerry Grayson, who will be finishing his first full term, faces a May 11 challenge from James Finnley, who has run several times for city positions. Grayson is retired and Finnley is a small-business owner.

Place 1 Councilman Wesley Alexander, a peace officer, is facing a challenge from Wanda Breirschwale, a housewife.

She ran last year for a position on the council, and Alexander is finishing his first full term.

Place 2 Councilman Brad Neely withdrew from the race, and Christian Toups filed to take the seat.

Place 6 Councilman Chris Harrison is unopposed for re-election.

Lampasas ISD

Two Lampasas ISD board of trustees seats are up for election in May, but the election will likely be canceled after only one person filed for each seat.

Place 4 trustee Kirk Whitehead, who listed his occupation as a general manager, will be re-elected to his seat.

Place 5 trustee Linda Floerke did not file for re-election. Her seat will be filled by David Millican, who is self-employed.


In Kempner, three councilmen — Robert McKinnon, Bob Crane and Clifton Morse — likely will retain their Place 2, 3 and 4 seats after no challengers filed paperwork by Friday’s deadline.

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It's easier to get on council if only your district can vote for you. Someone can win with just a handful of votes. It keeps the key players in Killeen in power so they can continue to control the flow of things in the city. Only 2 of the 7 on council seem legit. Rest seem like puppets.


@ Mayor Pro Tem Mike Lower filed a candidate packet Friday on the last day filings were accepted. Lower and Councilman Terry Clark will face off for the District 3 seat.---

I would have liked to have been able to vote for one of these candidates but since I'm not in district 3 ,my hands are tied.
This is what's bad about having districts involved in the voting procedure. All council members get to vote on how each citizens tax money is spent, but the voter only gets to vote for anyone who happens to be running and represents their district.

A friend who has been mayor and council in another area stated the below when I ask why they had never had a district voting method in their own town/city.

"Having districts like this ..encourages, promotes and facilitates segregation,"

I thought we had moved past the time period of segregation,but it seems like some people prefer to remain in the past.

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