For registered voters over the age of 65 in Killeen, a familiar name may have been attached to a flyer with a City Council mail-in ballot application.

Prosperity Central Texas, the general-purpose political committee treasured by former Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin and funded by local developer Bruce Whitis as of 2016, mailed ballot applications to voters in at least two council districts prior to Saturday’s city election — in one case promoting a single candidate and his endorsement from local public safety employee associations.

The city of Killeen reported 410 ballot applications sent out for the Saturday election with around 245 applications returned.

In 2016, the city had 308 returned ballot applications for the council at-large elections, according to Killeen Director of Public Information Hilary Shine.

In 2015, however, the city only had two ballot applications returned for the council by-district elections.

“Voter turnout of all kinds tends to be significantly lower in district election years,” Shine said, “(But it) appears a group was distributing ballots by mail this year and last, but not 2015.”

Shine did not have further information.

A copy of the PAC flyer sent to a District 3 voter supports Councilman Jim Kilpatrick, who was re-elected to his seat Saturday, and touts his endorsements from the Killeen Professional Fire Fighters’ Association, the Killeen Police Employee Association and the Fraternal Order of Police West Bell County, Local #32.

Copies of the flyers for districts 1, 2 and 4 were not available.

“Crime and safety are serious problems that require thoughtful leadership,” the flyer reads. “Our peace officers, first responders and firefighters need a city council that supports their work to save lives and reduce crime.”

Alongside a headshot of Kilpatrick reads the slogan, “Jim Kilpatrick — The right choice for Killeen City Council, District 3.”

Kilpatrick could not be reached for comment Monday.

According to Marc Clifford, president of the firefighters’ group, the PAC did not notify the association of its intent to mail the flyer.

Clifford said the four candidates the group endorsed — Kenny Wells, Debbie Nash-King, Kilpatrick and Brockley Moore — were given permission to use the association’s name and logo in advertising materials.

“I would assume that any political action done on (the candidates’) behalf would be with their approval,” Clifford said in an email Monday.

However, the flyer for District 3 says the advertisement had no approval from any council candidate or candidate committee.

Despite this, the flyers appear to use the name and logo of the firefighters’ group without its permission.

The flyer lists the Corbin & Associates law firm building in the 300 block of South Second Street as the return address.

As of 2016, Corbin was the treasurer for the PAC, which contributed to the campaigns of Councilman Juan Rivera, former Killeen Mayor Scott Cosper, and council at-large candidates Kim Hornsby and Tad Dorroh in 2016, according to Texas Ethics Commission documents.

Kilpatrick and Rivera voted to kill a $394,000 management audit of the city’s finances that was approved March 14 by a 5-2 vote from the council.

On May 1, preliminary results from the audit showed past mismanagement of city funds by officials, including the commingling and misuse of bond funds and the establishment of escrow accounts for the transfer of money between funds.

The accounting firm conducting the audit, Houston-based McConnell & Jones, has yet to identify individuals and occurrence dates for the early results.

Prosperity Central Texas did not contribute to any council races for Saturday’s election, but Corbin individually contributed to the campaigns of Kilpatrick, District 4 candidate Ralph Cossey Jr., and District 2 candidate Nash-King, who said April 6 she returned the $500 donation after a March 19 report in the Herald tied Corbin’s past campaign contributions to Whitis and the audit vote.

“I don’t know Mr. Corbin personally, but any money that was given to me was based on his professional relationship with my late husband (Command Sgt. Maj. Elijah King),” Nash-King said.

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Pharon Enochs

The following comments are indeed the opinions of Pharon Enochs. The political circus in Killeen seems to have a lot of puppet clowns and several ring masters In fact it appears as a shadow government is actually in place with several ring masters pulling the strings of the puppet clowns who sit at the table. I had heard of the two C 12 groups, the C12 and the New C12 which depending on who you spoke with had influence on decisions made by the city council. I believe past editions of the KDH have covered these groups very well so no sense in my going into detail about the alleged working of these groups. It does appear to me as if some happenings in this past election were morally corrupt, it smells like fish left out side for three day and nights but probably not illegal. Hopefully someone checked the mail in votes to insure they were not mailed from one address. In my opinion, Killeen seems to continue to have an image problem; with the crime rate, the recall election of it's governing body ,, the audit showing things which were improper/ possibility criminal and now some dark shadows over the last election. At least the city's motto seems to fit what is going on as far as some of the developments which have been approved. I do believe Killeen is " The City Without Limits." God bless America, President Trump and John Wayne where ever he may be.

overseer

I am not the petty type but, I must agree with another special election re-do or, to possibly nullify the results of this election concerning the winner(s) upon further verification of said mailers being mailed out in other districts.

Cherbear

I completely agree with Alvin. We should have a revote. Also someone not with the city government should investigate this.

Alvin
Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
Copy: “Voter turnout of all kinds tends to be significantly lower in district election years,” Shine said, “(But it) appears a group was distributing ballots by mail this year and last, but not 2015.” End of copy.
What is 'the group' doing distributing ballots for an election???? I was always 'led to believe' that 'the distribution of a ballot for an election' was illegal, as that was the jurisdiction of 'a city, county, state, or federal government' and not the domain of 'any political group', and especially through the postal office'. Furthermore, for a city official, such as Ms. Shine who is the spokesman/woman of this city, what is she doing touting such????
Copy: 'For registered voters over the age of 65 in Killeen, a familiar name may have been attached to a flyer with a City Council mail-in ballot application.' End of copy.
To the best of my knowledge, this was not identified as 'a ballot which was sent through the Post Office and returned by the Post Office and resent by the Post Office' as one of a specific designation or nature of a specific cause. And I have said, it 'did not include the names of any and all KSID personnel of any personnel that was on the/a ticket.'.
This, to me. Is reflective of the ballots, sent out by mail (box) but was not identified as such as being sent the the normal carrier service, didn't have the postal markings.
Copy: '“Voter turnout of all kinds tends to be significantly lower in district election years,” Shine said, “(But it) appears a group was distributing ballots by mail this year and last, but not 2015.” End of copy.
Question: 'Why was this specific group, which is not affiliated with any of the known political parties, even allowed to distribute, through the Postal Office with a city affiliation' as it identifies with the city, a recognized, and legal, part of the/a city government'????
And furthermore, this, committee, treasured by former mayor Dan Corbin and funded by local developer Bruce Whitis mailed ballots applications to voters in at least two council districts prior to Saturday's city election. Now 'why was the committee being selective in nature of only the two areas or districts' if they did not have the intention of 'trying to influence the election'????
Copy: 'According to Marc Clifford, president of the firefighters’ group, the PAC did not notify the association of its intent to mail the flyer.' End of copy.
Now isn't it strange that a group that supports a candidate, does not even get notified when a flyer such as this is sent for publication and distribution????​​​​​​​​
Copy: 'Alongside a headshot of Kilpatrick reads the slogan, “Jim Kilpatrick — The right choice for Killeen City Council, District 3.”
Kilpatrick could not be reached for comment Monday.' End of copy.
I am of the personal opinion that has all of the ear markings of a similar case of 'skullduggery' that was apparent in that case and as such, this vote should be considered, 'null and void' and a new vote should be called for.
Of course, this is my personal opinion.
One of the few who voted.

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