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Election filing period ends: A look at who’s running

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The open filing period for the May 6 elections closed Friday with the Killeen City Council and Killeen Independent School District seats set for competitive races.

One of three Harker Heights City Council seats will be up for a vote. Two candidates filed for the mayor’s job in Lampasas.


Thirteen candidates filed for four City Council seats, including three candidates who filed Friday.

Hal Butchart, a military retiree, and Vantonio Fraley, the founder of VL Coaching Unlimited, will run for the District 3 seat against incumbent Councilman Jim Kilpatrick, who filed for re-election Jan. 18, and Patsy Bracey, who filed Jan. 30.

Stanley Abrahams, a corrections officer, will run for the District 4 seat against incumbent Mayor Pro Tem Brockley Moore, who filed for re-election Jan. 18; Steve Harris, who filed Jan. 20; and Ralph Cossey Jr., who filed Jan. 30,

In District 1, incumbent Councilwoman Shirley Fleming, who filed Jan. 18, will run against Kenny Wells, who filed Jan. 18; and Holly Teel, who filed Feb. 3.

In District 2, Debbie Nash-King, who filed Feb. 6, will face Larry Smith, who filed Thursday.

The election May 6 will be the first time all four district seats had competitive races since 2009.


Eight candidates are vying for two seats on the Killeen school board.

Four people filed to run Friday, making for a crowded field late in the filing period.

Running for the board’s Place 5, now held by incumbent board President Terry Delano, are six candidates: Lan Carter, a teacher; Steven Drayton, a regional manager for CW Resources; Gerald Dreher, the chief of orthopedics for the Veterans Affairs hospital in Temple; Lonnie Farrow, an information analyst; Robert “Bob” Snyder, a financial adviser; and Carlyle Walton, the CEO of Metroplex Hospital in Killeen.

Place 5 will see a fresh face May 6 because of Delano’s decision to not run for re-election.

In the Place 4 race, incumbent Marvin Rainwater, a retired Killeen educator, will face off against challenger Stephania Lynn Williams, an employment readiness specialist and advocate.


Three seats are up for the City Council election in Harker Heights, but only one seat has a contested race.

Two Harker Heights residents filed for the Place 3 seat Friday.

Laurie Williamson McElhiney, a 30-year Harker Heights resident and a retired retail employee, filed Friday afternoon.

Earlier Friday, Jackeline Soriano Fountain, a Heights resident for 18 years and a military retiree, filed for the seat.

McElhiney and Fountain join former Councilman Pat Christ in seeking the seat, which is for an unexpired term that ends in 2019. Christ, a military retiree and retired homebuilder, previously served 12 years on the City Council.

The Place 3 seat came open when its former occupant, Spencer Smith, filed for the mayor’s post earlier this month, vacating the council seat.

Smith is unopposed for the seat, as Mayor Rob Robinson did not seek re-election.

Place 4 incumbent John Reider is unopposed for re-election to his council seat.


There are four seats up for grabs this year in the City Council election: the mayor’s seat, Place 1, Place 2 and Place 6.

Mayor Christian Toups did not file for re-election, but mayor pro tempore and current Place 3 Councilwoman Misti Talbert filed to run for mayor. No election will be held for the mayor’s job, and Talbert is expected to receive the position unopposed, according to City Secretary Christina Marez. The council is expected to appoint someone to Talbert’s vacated seat to finish the remainder of her term.

For Place 1, incumbent Chris Harrison is running for re-election and will be challenged by Delana Keele Toups.

For Place 2, incumbent Robert McCauley is running for re-election and has no opponent.

For Place 6, incumbent T.J. Monroe is running for re-election and will be challenged by Kevin Veazey.


The Lampasas Independent School District board has two seats open. One seat is contested.

The Place 6 seat, held by Sam Walker, and the Place 7 seat, held by Ryan Shahan, are up for election this year. Both incumbents have filed.

Robert Goodart will run against Shahan for Place 7.


Two incumbent board of trustees members are the only candidates filing for election at Central Texas College.

Don Armstrong is a Killeen resident who is on the CTC board. Armstrong has 12 years of experience on KISD’s school board and 24 years on CTC’s board. The other incumbent is retired Brig. Gen. Rex Weaver, a Copperas Cove resident who has served on CTC’s board for two six-year terms.


There are four at-large City Council seats open this year.

Incumbents David K. Leigh, Craig Pearson and Dan Kirkley all filed to run for re-election. Financial adviser John Holmes, chairman of the Belton Planning and Zoning Commission, is the sole 0 to file for a seat on the council.


In the Belton Independent School District, four candidates are running for two at-large seats.

Incumbent Jason Carothers filed for re-election. Licensed counselor Kerri Pearson, former Belton ISD teacher Janet Leigh and businessman Ty Taggart also filed for election.

Board member Amanda Winkler said she would not seek re-election because of health problems.

The top two vote-getters will claim the at-large seats.


Three at-large spots on the Salado board of aldermen are up for grabs. Incumbents David Williams and Michael McDougal filed for re-election. Linda Reynolds and Andy Jackson are vying for the seats.

Salado residents also will decide if a large portion of the village, including the Mill Creek area, may disannex.


Salado Independent School District may cancel its election. Incumbent Kim Bird is running, as are newcomers Troy Smith and Nate Self. The three are running for three at-large seats.

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FME News Service contributed to this report.

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