Killeen Independent School District board candidate Steven Drayton was told he is no longer eligible to be elected.

Drayton said he learned the news when KISD mailed him a formal letter Saturday stating that because his voter registration was not within the state, he would not be allowed to hold an elected office.

Drayton is a former active Army member and is now in the Reserves.

“I was surprised when I got the letter saying I couldn’t run, and had no idea that was a rule when running for the school board.” Drayton said.

Drayton has been a resident of Killeen for over 10 years but never changed his voter registration.

“I never thought to change it because I had been active duty for so long, and still wanted to vote for my community back home (in North Carolina),” Drayton said.

Texas Election Code states a candidate must be registered in the territory from which he or she is seeking election on or before the regular filing deadline.

Bell County and KISD officials said Monday that a candidate must be registered in Bell County to be eligible for any public election here.

Drayton’s disqualification leaves seven candidates running for two seats on KISD’s school board, Election Day is May 6. Early voting starts April 24.

254-501-7568 | quinton@kdhnews.com

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.