After nearly three weeks since election filing season began, 59-year-old Killeen resident Robert Eric Snyder became the first candidate to file for a seat on the Killeen Independent School District board.

Snyder is a retired financial adviser who attended Killeen High School as a teenager. He has lived in the district for 52 years, according to his filing paperwork. Synder graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in business management.

The election is May 6.

Snyder was a board member for the Copperas Cove Exchange Foundation, and he served as chairman for the Copperas Cove Education Foundation Committee.

Snyder said in his filing paperwork he hopes to help provide students with the best education possible, be an active advocate for all KISD employees and ensure taxpayer money is used wisely.

The board’s two seats up for election are held by President Terry Delano and member Marvin Rainwater.

Delano said at Tuesday’s board meeting that he does not intend to run for re-election.

Rainwater said last week he does plan to run for re-election; however, according to KISD, he has not filed yet.

Former candidates who ran for the school board last year — including Phillip Floyd, Phyllis Nairn, Laura Allen and Amanda Casebeir — spoke Thursday with the Daily Herald. None of them have filed to run this year.

Floyd said he will soon move out of the area to serve in the Air Force; Casebeir already has moved out of the state.

Allen and Nairn both said they are considering running again, but have not filed election paperwork.

Candidates have until Feb. 17 to file.

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