Thursday was the final day to register to vote for the May 6 election, which includes important Killeen city and school leadership spots.
As of Thursday afternoon, 175 voters registered in Bell County on the last day to register to vote in the county, according to the Bell County elections office.
Early voting for the May election begins April 24 and ends May 2.
The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is April 25. Ballot-by-mail applications must be received by that day.
Contested races include:
Killeen City Council
The Killeen City Council will see four unusually competitive races for its district seats May 6.
The 13 candidates running for the four seats marks the first time in eight years that every district race has been competitive.
Three of the seats are being contested by first-term incumbents: District 1 Councilwoman Shirley Fleming, District 3 Councilman Jim Kilpatrick and District 4 Councilman Brockley Moore.
Current District 2 Councilman Richard “Dick” Young announced in February he would not seek re-election.
Candidates by district
The candidates by district are:
District 1: Fleming, Holly Teel and Kenny Wells
District 2: Debbie Nash-King and Larry Smith
District 3: Kilpatrick, Pasty Bracey, Harold Butchart and Vantonio Fraley (write-in)
District 4: Moore, Stanley Abrahams, Ralph Cossey Jr. and Steve Harris
The candidates were asked about their plans to tackle the rise in violent crime in Killeen, continuing to monitor the city’s fragile financial condition, acting transparently with Killeen residents and bringing high-paying jobs to Killeen. Here’s what they had to say.
The Killeen Independent School District school board election has two seats up for grabs.
Of the seven Killeen school board candidates, five of them will be vying for the Place 5 seat, currently held by school board President Terry Delano. Earlier this year, Delano said he would not be running for re-election. The five newcomers who are trying to get voted into that seat are Lan Carter, Gerald Dreher, Lonnie Farrow, Bob Snyder and Carlyle Walton.
Incumbent board member Marvin Rainwater and challenger Stephania Williams are running for the Place 4 seat.
Candidates have had a chance over the past few months to voice their opinion on some of the issues they will face if elected.
In the coming months, the two elected candidates will need to address a number of relevant issues existing in Killeen ISD, including: overcrowding and growth throughout the district, open campus lunch policies, a possible fifth high school, the special education department improvement plan, improving A-F state ratings for KISD, financial and other issues.
Harker Heights City Council
Three seats are up for the City Council election in Harker Heights, but only one seat has a contested race.
Three Harker Heights residents filed for the Place 3 seat.
Laurie Williamson McElhiney, a 30-year Harker Heights resident and a retired retail employee, and Jackeline Soriano Fountain, a Heights resident for 18 years and a military retiree, filed for the seat at the end of the filing period.
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, 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.
The Belton Independent School District has several races on the May 6 ballot, including one that will decide on a $149.7 million bond that would fund two new campuses and other improvements for the booming district.
There are two at-large seats up for grabs in May.
Incumbent Jason Carothers, former Belton ISD teacher Janet Leigh, licensed counselor Kerri Pearson and businessman Ty Taggart are vying for the seats. The top two vote-getters will win the at-large seats.
Salado residents will decide if a large area of the village, including the Mill Creek area, can disannex.
Voters will also decide three at-large spots on the Salado board of aldermen. Incumbents David Williams, Michael McDougal and Fred Brown have filed for re-election. Linda Reynolds, Andy Jackson, Christopher Tramel and Judy Fields are also vying for the seats.
Lampasas County will hold a bond election May 6 to give voters the chance to decide whether to construct a new jail for the county.
If the bond passes, the new jail would replace the jail that has been in service for almost 50 years. Voters will decide whether to issue a maximum of $18.75 million in bonds to build the new facility.
Lampasas City Council
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.
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.