ELECTION 2017

The campaign signs are out, the candidates’ forums were held, the rhetoric flew around the room, and early voting started and ended. Tuesday is the last chance to vote.

There are multiple races in the Central Texas area for the Nov. 7 election.

The Copperas Cove City Council and Nolanville City Council each have contested seats on the ballot, as does the Copperas Cove Independent School District and the Gatesville Independent School District.

Copperas Cove residents will also have a chance to vote on whether to create a Municipal Development District. If it passes, a future vote would be scheduled to dissolve the city’s Economic Development Corporation. Some city officials want the MDD to take the place of the EDC.

Statewide, Texas voters will be able to cast ballots on seven constitutional amendments proposed by the state Legislature.

COPPERAS COVE

Ten candidates will by vying for five spots in Copperas Cove.

Five candidates will be seeking two positions on the City Council in places 6 and 7. Another five candidates will be attempting to fill three positions on the Copperas Cove school board.

CITY COUNCIL — PLACE 6

Former EDC Chairman Marc Payne faces John Hull, a former Cove mayor, and Danny Palmer, a former council member. Current Councilman George Duncan did not seek re-election.

The term of the position is three years.

CITY COUNCIL — PLACE 7

Incumbent Matthew Russell will face off against Charles Youngs for the three-year seat.

COPPERAS COVE ISD BOARD — PLACE 5

Incumbent Bob Weiss will face off against Jeff Gorres in an unexpired term. The position expires in November 2019.

COPPERAS COVE ISD BOARD — PLACE 6

John Gallen will face incumbent Jim Copeland for a three-year term.

COPPERAS COVE ISD BOARD — PLACE 7

Karen Harrison is running unopposed for the three-year term.

SPECIAL ELECTION — PROPOSITION A

A yes vote on proposition A will create a MDD and the imposition of a sales and use tax at the rate of three-eighth percent for the purpose of financing development projects beneficial to the district.

The city would have to hold a separate election to eliminate the EDC should the MDD proposition pass.

NOLANVILLE

Three seats will appear on the Nolanville ballot Tuesday; two incumbent council members are unopposed for re-election and one is facing a challenger.

Incumbent Lawrence Butch Reis is running unopposed for a two-year term in Seat 2.

David C. Williams II, also an incumbent, is running unopposed for a two-year term in Seat 4.

Lynn Bilberry, the incumbent in Seat 5, will face off against Dennis K. Biggs.

Also on the ballot will be a proposition for residents to cast votes concerning the reauthorization of local sales tax and use tax. The proposition states, “The reauthorization of the local sales and use tax in the city of Nolanville, Texas at the rate of ¼ of one percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets. The tax expires on the fourth anniversary of the date of this election unless the imposition of the tax is reauthorized.”

GATESVILLE CITY

The November election for three council seats was canceled, according to documents provided by the clerk. Three residents will be running unopposed for three seats.

David Mitchell will become the Ward 1, Place 1 councilman; Meredith Rainer will be elected as the Ward 1, Place 3 councilwoman; and Ronnie Viss becomes the Ward 2, Place 5 councilman.

GATESVILLE SCHOOL BOARD

With three at-large seats to be filled on the Gatesville Independent School District school board, 14 individuals filed as candidates.

Katherine Lowrey Sullivant withdrew from the race Oct. 18, citing health issues. Her name will still appear on the ballot, however.

The candidates are Lisbeth Appelman, incumbent; Deborah Crosby Ford, incumbent; Stephen Norris, incumbent; Charles Alderson; Lisa Pruitt Bankhead; Joseph Campbell; Ryan Coggins; Rob Erwin; Tony Fernandez; David Fincher; Stephen Minton; Bruce Thoms and John Westbrook.

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