Scott Cosper was elected Killeen’s next mayor in Saturday’s municipal election, narrowly defeating Richard “Dick” Young by fewer than 100 votes out of nearly 3,500 cast.
When city officials put the final tally up in the City Council chambers at City Hall on Saturday night, Cosper turned to his wife, Christy, and said, “I got it,” as his wife tearfully embraced him.
Cosper, who previously served nine years on the city council, won the race with 1,506 votes, or 43.11 percent.
Young, a former three-term councilman, garnered 1,408 votes, or 40.31 percent.
Military retiree Harold “Hal” Butchart got 579 votes, or 16.58 percent.
The mayor’s race was Cosper’s first run for political office after being recalled from the council in 2011.
“It feels absolutely amazing that we have been able to pull off this election,” he said. “I am so proud of the citizens and the supporters who have come out and supported me and given me another chance to get back in the saddle to lead this city. I feel so blessed and so happy. I am overwhelmed with joy.”
Cosper said he was “very proud of the way the campaign went.”
“Mr. Young ran a good campaign,” he said.
Young said he also was proud of his campaign effort.
“We ran as good a campaign as I know how to run,” he said.
“We had great support among the grass roots of the community. I’m proud of the job we did.”
Young continued, “It’s time for the city to come together and move forward. Lots of issues came out in the campaign, and I hope Mr. Cosper and the council are open to discussing those issues.”
Although he lost the election, Butchart said he thought he did “everything right.”
“I certainly let the public know the problems with electing my opponents but they elected them anyway,” he said. “The public has spoken. Who am I to disagree?”
Mayor Dan Corbin will pass the gavel to Cosper on May 20. Corbin, who was elected in May 2012, did not seek re-election.
“I’m particularly pleased that Scott Cosper won because I have been supporting him for many years,” Corbin said. “I’m just tickled to see him following in my footsteps.”