ELECTION 2018

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.

Important dates:

  • Jan. 17 to Feb. 16: Filing period for local elections
  • April 23 to May 1: Early voting
  • May 5: Election Day

kyleb@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7567

(2) comments

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@eyewatchingu: I agree with all you have said, this is the change we've been waiting for, the elect someone who will place this city in the forefront.

Copy: '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.'
Continuation of copy: “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.” End of copy.

What new direction???? It was this mayor who fought the populace in the audit and succeeded in renaming to 'a management audit', and what did that audit do but 'decry' what a terrible state our city was in, especially the management and administration of both the financial and management structures. Do not agree with our illustrous mayor that 'we are moving in the right direction'.

Copy: '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.' End of copy.

These offices that the mayor is in, 'It is my position that their should be a clear break in that these positions give the mayor and council members should not be allowed to hold positions in the KEDC and KEDC Board of Directors. It should be disallowed that the KEDC does nnot and should not be in the position that it can be in a contract binding without even consulting the city council. And the KEDC should not be awarded over $150,000 dollars by the city council as a busgetary allowance as this KEDC has over $1.5 million in annual 'rents' by tennants of this corporation. And this is the means by which they 'turned their noses to the citizens of Killeen' and are continuing to enter into the contract by which the Chemical plant is continuing to build on their property.

This s also the chemical plant sought entry into Killeen, and when broached about this, they have not yet asked for a full, in session, vote as to whether or not this should be, so in other words, 'they have superceeded the city council, by an old council resolution that permitted the KEDC to, in essence, maintain a pressence as to the city council and do not have to 'ask for the city councils permission in and on anything, thus voiding out any of the 'other' city council members of their vote, annd 'this should not be'.

I agree that there should be a wholesale changeout in the mayor and at least two of the council member seats, but be careful of 'who you selecting to fill these seats'

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

eyewatchingu

17 days the city will have another chance to make the changes this city needs. 17 days the city of Killeen will once again put out a life line in hopes that the citizens of Killeen will Vote to make a difference. To make the difference our city needs, will start with the voters and not with the political families (aka Killeen's Kings and queens) that think they own Killeen.
We have watched this city council do nothing for the citizens, homeowners, tax payers, except line their own pockets off the backs of the American working class tax payers of Killeen. We have watched as they play with the city monies ( aka Tax payers money) wasted, squandered, and in some cases just out and out thievery. We have watched these Kings and queen, act as if they are playing the monopoly game on city tax payer money, robbing one fund to pay another fund.

Vote No and vote them out. It is time our city is given a fighting chance to be a city that puts the working man first.

Lets Vote them out and Make Killeen a better city!

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