Killeen is set for a big election season this spring as the filing period for the May 6 City Council elections fast approaches.

Four council seats will be up for grabs, according to the city’s spokeswoman, Hilary Shine.

The filing period for the races opens Jan. 18 and closes Feb. 17. All candidates who wish to run must file a ballot application with the city secretary at City Hall, 101 N. College St., during that period.

The council’s four district seats will be open in May, with council members serving two-year terms. At-large council members and the mayor are elected in even-numbered years.

All of the current district council members are in their first terms of office, Shine said. Council members are limited to three consecutive terms of office.

Council seats up for election and their current occupants are:

District 1 — Shirley Fleming

District 2 — Richard “Dick” Young

District 3 — Jim Kilpatrick

District 4 and mayor pro tem — Brockley Moore

There will be no Bell County elections in the spring; posts at the county level are only up in even-numbered years.

Other important dates for the May elections:

Feb. 24 — Last day for a candidate to withdraw from the race

April 24 — Early voting begins

May 2 — Last day of early voting

Go to killeentexas.gov/electionfor more information.

kyleb@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7567

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Alvin
Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
@Dr Strangelove: Why is it that you 'claim to be not reading any of the comments I offer', but you seem to be clamoring for your spot on the top 10 disgusting people of all time with your superfluous fluff???? I put you down and you keep calling for more.
I say to you, 'Get a life'.
One of the few who voted.

Dr Strangelove

He took the bait again? I say again I never read any comment that starts off with, “This is the personal opinion of this writer.” Alvin still don't get it?

Man what a waste of time him typing his rants that I'll never read. Dude you don't get the Internet do you?


[yawn][lol]

Alvin
Alvin

This the personal opinion of this writer.
What a simple person if that's all you can find to gripe about. What's the matter, is the text too difficult for you to read and comprehend??? Too many syllables??? I'll try and write one just for you, and it won't be over two sentences long so you won't get too tired. Good night now, it's past your bedtime.
One of the few who voted.

Dr Strangelove

I say again I never read any comment that starts off with, “This is the personal opinion of this writer.” Alvin still don't get it?

Man what a waste of time him typing his rants that I'll never read.

[yawn]

Alvin
Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
@Dr Strangelove: No doc. It's you that don't get it, or don't want to get it. Whenever you think you been caught in a bind, or just want to cause a row, you come with this same argument about the start of my comment. As I've said, I've given the reason for my opening, so why don't you get off of it?
Simple people do not understand simple things.
This is my closing: One of the few who voted in the last election.

Dr Strangelove

I never read any comment that starts off with, “This is the personal opinion of this writer.” I guess Alvin don't get it?

Alvin
Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer,
@Dr Strangelove: Well here you go again with that 'ignorant comment', that being, 'Everyone knows making a comment it's their own personal opine.' BOY YOU GOT ME ON THAT ONE'. I've commented on why I start each and every comment I make so if you've got such a short memory, well take a look back until you find it. That should keep you occupied for a little while at least.
@Garbyguy: What makes you think that the present arrangement of using the setting of one per each district doe not represent a eight south side side good old boys in power? Look at what was just unloaded to the citizens, a water district that apparently does not hold meeting, or elections, that the citizens of Killeen has to purchase the plant, that the district has sole discretion of what we are to be paid for our water, that has a contract, with a design/engineer/constructor that is so open as to not afford we the rate payer a contract that does have some boundaries, and this prevailing council and all past councils did not even attempt to discover 'what it was that we were getting'. And this practice continues to go forward. This is what I feel that the council is supposed to do.
Now if you go back into the history books, at 2 years please, you will find the following District and At Large members of the city council:
Shirley Flemming: D-1
Dick Young: D-2
Jim Kilpatrick: D-3
Brockley Moore: District D-4
At Large Members: Johnathan Okray:, Juan Rivera, and Gregory Johnson.
Now if you consider 'who did what' in terms of representing a district, you can say that D-1,Shirley Fleming has been trying to represent her District, Gregory Johnson has made an attempt at setting some justification, Dick Young has only been on the city council seat for approximately 8 months and has been 'under the gun' with budget snafu's for the biggest share of his tenure, and then comes my favorite, the D-3 Jim Kilpatrickcity councilman, in this area of 'being the rep for the citizens in his district', well let me think, he has been quoted as saying 'he does not wish to micromanage the city manager, he votes along with the big 3 on this sitting council, and he, it is yet to be determined if he has voted with the qualms of his District on any single item as he has as of yet not called for a vote that evens borders on how his consistency would like him to vote. In an email going to his district where I've continually asked the question, 'Who can be allotted the title of administrator for the city of Killeen' and I have as yet have not been given the answer 'who in the entirety of Killeen administrators and who is responsible for the management of this city. To this query, all I've received is a answer, 'It will take some time to identify who is responsible'. It has been over 4 months now and the city legal attorney has had this question poised for over a year, with no answer forthcoming. I do not see 'who is responsible for the daily operation of this city and I feel it should be forthright in answering this inquiry.
Now comes the At Large councilmen. It should be noted that of all of the 3 At Large Members, it would seem apparent to this writer that they vote as a block in almost all of the city functions, apparently directing to those what committee's are the most viable, IE: Committee on forensic audit, committee on city manager, etc.

Now as to who has been forthright in bringing to light dealing with factors that are relative to their individual districts. I can think of none that pertain to their individual districts, they've all been preoccupied with some of the more intransigent matters, like the budget, the audit, the city manager, etc. and it seems like this council is continuously fighting and arguing over matters that are too tough for our tender ears and that's why they are so frequently 'in secret meetings that do not get minuted, they only 'tell us' what was said, 'on a need to know basis only. That's why the salary was so delicate a subject so as not to read into action just what the salary, $280,000 Plus', a salary that is to me, deplorable.
So the four single member districts ensure that ALL areas of the city are represented, otherwise it would be eight south side good old boys in power. Are you sure that is not what we have now???
I still contend that all 7 of the council seats should be voted by the entire city and the upper range should be selected with no more of the each district shall vote to quantify their respective representative and thereby disallowing the 'good old boy' aspect. Let the best prevail.
One of the few who voted in this last election.

eyewatchingu
eyewatchingu

@Dr Strangelove, Bulling is something most normal stable humans tend to avoid, and I have seen so many of your post that have very good merit, yet when you result to bulling other humans because they think or do things differently, I find any thing that you say voided. You use fear and cult like behavior to try and induce panic and fear to those that stand up and speak out. I hope KDH news will pull you off comments for awhile so you find that bulling others is not accepted. This is a newspaper and yes it is importune when you have people like Jim Kilpatrick who threatens to sue anyone for their personal opinion. Sometimes one should not attack first till they ask themselves why they want to attack. So please refrain from you Synanon and scientology forms of attacks on the human physic. Remember if you bully others their are out comes that can not be undone.

Dr Strangelove

You think that’s bulling? It’s not bulling its fact. I hope KDH pulls you off for a while for bulling me.

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Dr Strangelove

This is NOT the personal opinion of President-Elect Trump. Doesn’t that look stupid?

I never read any comment that starts off with, “This is the personal opinion of this writer.” Everyone knows making a comment it’s their personal opine.

eyewatchingu
eyewatchingu

@garbyguy Yes all races should be contested and really debated, as for voting by dist. In many major cities that use dist, that means each dist normally has their own power as to what happens in their dist. From having their own PD on down, then the seated council members from all the other dist get together to vote on things that effect the city as a whole. I believe we need to get back to the basic. I believe each person from each dist should be heard and the council member should vote the way his or her dist feels. First and mostly, a city council member should represent their dist first and the betterment of their dist, and not fall inline with other dist, just because you believe that they will help you later. It seems that the good ol ways of the past has lead us into stagnation as a city. It also seems that when city council members agree to vote with other seated council members because they believe they will in turn help and support them has lead the city of Killeen down a rabbit hole. It us we the citizens that need to find the right way out of the rabbit hole, because we all know rabbits have more then one way out. We just have to find the right way out.

Garbyguy

I think the way the council is set up is the right way. Three seats voted on by the entire city. The four single member districts ensure that ALL areas of the city are represented. Otherwise I fear it would be eight south side good old boys in power.

I hope all races are contested and real debate on the issues takes place.

eyewatchingu
eyewatchingu

@Alvin Thank you. I agree with you so much. That is why I will be running. I was hoping you would run, I know you say its your health. So its me that is going to take the step and shake Killeen up or should I say wake up Killeen. So I am dusting off my 6 inch power spiked high heels, pulling out my power suits. ( business men will get that).
You are right @Alvin we need change. @Thallus corruption is right, and the fact so many have taken it in as a norm is a frightening thought.

Alvin
Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
@Thallus: Yes I am familiar with who was voted in for reelection and this just proves my point, that if the election was open to all who voted, then with the application of the city wide vote, they could have possibly been removed from their office.
Why do you want to restrict to a single district the vote of a candidate when it has the implication to, as I say 500, or less, the seat that will have the ability to constrict say 133,000, the population of this entire city? If they have this ability, then all of the citizens of this city should have a voice in the vote.
If it pertains to this city as a whole then we the citizen should have a voice in who gets elected as it pertains to this city.
If that was the case, then all who were eligible to hold the office of city council person should be allowed to run. If 4 seats are vacant then the 4 who have the most votes should be declared the winner. It is up to the citizen to vote for the number most qualified.
One of the few who voted in this last election.

Thallus

@Alvin - Certain members of this city council have truly voted upon and done some things that warrant their removal. I for one, have high hopes that the citizens of the districts that are up for elections will recognize the ones who should be, in my opinion, be replaced. In reference to you comment about allowing everyone in the city to vote in each election, I have to disagree. Why? Did you see who they voted back in and for during last year's elections despite knowing their past and present character in regards to unnng our city council? Not all picks were bad mind you but, my confidence in the citizens voting as a whole in this city has fallen. Not because the citizens are dumb or anything but because there are too many citizens who seem to be ok with the corruption that has been occurring over the past number of years. Unless more new and informed voters citywide step forward to vote, Killeen will never change. At least with district races, candidates have a better chance of stating their cases and receiving a more fair chance of winning...at least in my opinion.

Alvin
Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
@Dr Strangelove: It is my opinion that you are being subjective instead of being objective.
I can agree with much of what @eyewatchingu has said. Too many people out for themselves and not for this city. Too many 'builders of homes' and not concerned with 'the rest of us peons. And it's time to 'change the scope of this city and how it works'.
Now it's time for the city council 'remove from this city's charter the method of how our city reins over how the city selects a quorum of the city council', by placing over say 500 people having the power to elect a city council person over 133,000 of it's citizens. Open up the voting to 'all' citizens' of this city instead of placing the power to elect in the hands of the few. This has gone on for far too long and it's time that we change it. So city council, it's in your hands now, correct what is wrong with this city's election process or bear the consequences. Open up the election process to 'all citizens' instead of the 'few'.
This has been a personal opinion/presentation of one concerned citizen'.
One of the few who voted in this last election.

Dr Strangelove

Ah there is a thing called Paragraphs; I will not read your rant.

eyewatchingu
eyewatchingu

Can't wait, I have my running shoes on and ready for a race. I will be running for Dist. 1.
I hope everyone that is disappointed in this city council will put their own running shoes on and run for a seat on council. Its time we take the city of Killeen Texas back from those that wish to only profit from those they were to work for, the people, the citizens of Killeen. Its time to run the bad guys out of town and get some new blood in the form of jobs, city services that are up to power with what the people of Killeen are over paying for. Its time to stop building houses and start building factories and other jobs. Its time we place the blame at the feet of those that have done it. Its time Citizens of Killeen stand up and say enough is enough, we want solutions, not talk and bull poop. Its time we say, we our the sweat and back bone of this city and we are sick of working as slaves while everyone is getting rich, when their is crime, poverty and poor education in our city. Its time we say, we are sick of you moving crime from one area to another, all it has done was put another band aid over the first 20. When our kids can barley attend school in a safe environment and yet no one on this city council will stand up and tell the truth about why our schools are unsafe. Our kids learn from we the adult so when our kids see city council acting like school kids, threating to fight each other, not looking for misplaced, or what ever happened to the money, what kind of message our we sending the children in Killeen? So I will see you at the polls, I don't care if I win or lose, I just want to make sure that they will have to fight to keep their seats and have to answer the tough questions. So feel free to post and reply and tell me what you want to see changed, let me know what and how you would change it, tell me the questions you want to have answered when I run and I will make sure they answers them because I will ask the questions publicly and will not stop till the citizens of Killeen Texas have the truth.

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