By Sean Wardwell
Killeen Daily Herald
On the last day of campaigning, supporters and opponents of contentious issues on local ballots in Killeen and Copperas Cove are relying on previous efforts to carry their messages on election day.
"I think voters have all the information they need," said Dan Corbin, a former city councilman and founder of the Citizens for a Prosperous Future, an anti-recall organization. "I still don't think it's perfectly clear that three of the five of the council members (under recall) voted against (the $750,000 buyout of former Killeen City Manager Connie Green's contract.)"
The contract buyout sparked the petition drive that led to today's recall election. Originally, the recall was for all seven members of the council, but former Councilwoman JoAnn Purser was defeated in her bid for re-election in May and former Councilman Earnest Wilkerson resigned on June 9.
For most of the recall campaign, the most consistent voice has been pro-recall organizer Jonathan Okray, who said he intends to hold an election night event at Ashley Furniture, 1101 S. W.S. Young Drive.
On the last day of campaigning, Okray said he feels his message has been heard. "I've done all I can do. It's up to the voters now," he said.
In Copperas Cove, city voters will decide whether to establish a civil service system for firefighters - a question that has proved divisive in the community.
"We'll be out at the polling locations in the morning," said Braden Frame, secretary/treasurer of the Copperas Cove Professional Fire Fighter Association, who is among the supporters of the measure.
Civil service opponents have erected several signs in Copperas Cove, urging residents to vote against the measure. One opponent, Thomas Dyer, said work prevents him from doing any last-minute campaigning.
In Killeen, at-large Councilman Billy Workman said he hasn't been campaigning to keep his seat. "None at all," he said.
District 1 Councilman Kenny Wells said he has been doing some mailings to his electorate. "I've sent out some postcards asking people to support me," he said. "I had a little campaign money left over."
Wells said he has endorsed Corbin's anti-recall efforts to educate the public on the consequences of the measure.
Mayor Pro Tem Scott Cosper said he favors a more personal approach. "I have made several calls and had conversations, but as far as doing a mailout, no, I haven't," he said. "It seems to me the one-on-one approach is the best for clearing up any information."
Juan Rivera said last week he intended to send volunteers out into his district to knock on doors. Additionally, he placed several signs throughout his district. At-large Councilman Larry Cole could not be reached for comment.
Because the City Council has a regular meeting tonight, it's possible that the five members on the recall election ballot will learn their fate during or shortly after the meeting.
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