Four local races will be decided in May when Killeen voters choose a mayor and three at-large City Council members.
The filing period for the races opens Jan. 17.
Jose Segarra, a veteran and Realtor with Exit HomeVets Realty, is currently serving his first term as mayor after his election in May 2016.
Segarra said Saturday he intends to run for a second term in office, saying he felt positive about the direction the city administration has taken.
“We’re moving in the right direction, and we’ve got a lot of work left to do,” he said. “I look forward to that process of working with our city manager and our police chief to make the city a better place.”
Segarra said he had not heard of any other possible challengers for his seat but was waiting expectantly for the filing period to open.
The mayor acts as the presiding officer of the Killeen City Council and is the tie-breaking vote in the event a motion is split. The mayor is also often the city’s figurehead in ceremonial events, and sits on a number of regional planning committees and the Killeen Economic Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Segarra followed former mayor and current Texas District 54 Rep. Scott Cosper, who resigned his seat to run for state office. Segarra previously served on the council from 2012-16 before resigning his seat to run for mayor.
Voters will also elect representatives for three at-large City Council seats currently held by Jonathan Okray, Juan Rivera and Gregory Johnson.
At least one of those seats, Okray’s, will see a new face due to the six-year councilman terming out of office.
Council members are limited by city charter to three consecutive two-year terms. However, former council members can be re-elected to the council after a two-year hiatus.
Rivera said Thursday he had not yet decided whether he would run for his council seat again.
Okray and Johnson could not be reached for comment.
On Thursday, Director of Communications Hilary Shine could not provide dates for when campaign finance disclosure forms will be due for local candidates.
For more information on the election and polling locations, go to www.killeentexas.gov/election.
- Jan. 17 to Feb. 16: Filing period for local elections
- April 23 to May 1: Early voting
- May 5: Election Day