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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 12:39 pm, Tue Apr 23, 2013.

Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin has publicly endorsed Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lower in his 2013 bid for a Killeen City Council seat.

Lower, who currently holds the District 4 seat, now lives in District 3 due to redistricting. The move pits Lower against District 3 incumbent and fellow Councilman Terry Clark.

The District 3 race is the only contested race in the May 11 Killeen municipal election.

For six months, Clark, Lower and former Mayor Tim Hancock served alone on the council after the November 2011 recall removed five of the city’s seven council members.

Corbin, who also serves as state commander of the American Legion, said he chose to support Lower because of the strong leadership skills he has shown chairing the council when Corbin is unable to attend.

“One of my jobs as state commander is to visit every (Veterans Affairs) hospital in the state and (Lower) has proven his leadership ability to run the (city) meetings in my absence,” Corbin said.

In a Facebook post Monday, Corbin criticized Clark for comments he made at a recent candidate forum, in which he publicly endorsed one of the three water supply corporations currently in negotiations with the city.

“Council members must become informed about complex issues but we should rely on our experts’ analysis before we make decisions,” Corbin’s Facebook post said. “Mr. Clark has made a history of making such mistakes, including his motion at the last second to change the drainage design manual in November 2011.”

Lower said the mayor’s endorsement will be a great boost to his campaign.

“The mayor has done a great job and I just think it’s important to keep this moving in the right direction,” Lower said.

After hearing of Corbin’s endorsement, former Killeen Mayor Raúl Villaronga chose Monday to publicly endorse Clark.

“(Clark) asks a lot of questions and has done really well on the council,” Villaronga said. “He has his mind set on doing what is best for the city.”

The two candidates, Clark and Lower, differ on two important issues with the city: the upcoming city charter election and the city’s cooperation with Bell County Municipal Utility District No. 2.

MUD-2 is a 1,400-acre private real estate development planned to bring 4,500 new homes into the city´s extraterritorial district over 15 to 20 years.

Clark said he does not support the 33 proposed charter amendments on the ballot or MUD-2, which failed to get the council’s endorsement in March. Clark criticized Corbin and Lower for supporting the MUD-2 development.

“The mayor has his right to provide support for whomever he wants,” Clark said. “I believe that the MUD is in direct competition with the growth of the city and all of the other developers developing within the city limits.”

Early voting for the 2013 municipal election begins Monday.

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3 comments:

  • truebluebell posted at 3:26 pm on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    truebluebell Posts: 17

    It seems to me to be unseemly for a Mayor to endorse in a council race, but what worries me more is that the Mayor stated on his Facebook page that he was going to by ads for Mike Lower. I find this ethically challenging. The Mayor seems to be buying a "yes man" for the council. While the Mayor may not like Terry Clark asking questions or doing research, I find it important that a council person be able to speak their mind and not be indebted to the Mayor. Mr. Corbin seems to have forgotten that the residents of Killeen had a recall to get rid of a council that voted in lock step and catered to developers at the expense of citizens. Terry Clark has researched the issues, voted for his constituents and upset the mayor and some developers that seem to think they own the city, not the residents. I for one find Mr. Clark's approach refreshing, a real voice for his precinct and a man who won't be indebted to the Mayor like Mr. Lower because the Mayor helped finance his campaign through ads.

     
  • Viktor posted at 10:13 am on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Viktor Posts: 317

    Mayor is backing Lower for District 3? Big surprise. Quite frankly, it's tacky as this isn't even an at-large council position. But it's par for the course.

     
  • Eliza posted at 9:30 am on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Eliza Posts: 867

    @ After hearing of Corbin’s endorsement, former Killeen Mayor Raúl Villaronga chose Monday to publicly endorse Clark.
    “(Clark) asks a lot of questions and has done really well on the council,” Villaronga said. “He has his mind set on doing what is best for the city.”
    The two candidates, Clark and Lower, differ on two important issues with the city: the upcoming city charter election and the city’s cooperation with Bell County Municipal Utility District No. 2.
    Clark said he does not support the 33 proposed charter amendments on the ballot or MUD-2, which failed to get the council’s endorsement in March. Clark criticized Corbin and Lower for supporting the MUD-2 development.
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    I will say that I'm voting for Terry Clark for the same reasons the former mayor states he will.--I have noticed from watching the council meetings, that Mr Clark does speak out and states his opinion,he ask questions, which is a plus for the tax paying voters of the city.
    I especially liked the questions he brought forward about MUD - 2.

    I had my own questions after listening to the representative who went before the council presenting his clients case concerning MUD-2 -- I thought it contained too many ifs, ands, or buts, there wasn't that many direct answers to some of councils questions, and may end up in being the wrong situation to become involved in for the tax payers.

    If this would happen,it could end up being a very expensive mistake for the tax payers of Killeen.

    Early voting will begin with-in days,Read the ballot closely,(hopefully there may be a copy in the KDH,) Understand what you willing be voting on.

    Don't wait until the day you vote, there may be a crowd, and you may feel rushed to just mark anything.