• July 30, 2014

Filing opens in Nov. 5 election

Copperas Cove, Gatesville, Nolanville have seats on ballot

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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:30 am

Election filing for Coryell County municipalities and Nolanville City Council positions starts today.

“Filing ends on Aug. 26, so they have a whole month to file,” said Copperas Cove City Secretary Jane Lees, who is in charge of organizing and distributing Nov. 5 election information.

Copperas Cove made applications and other council information available on its website this year, giving easier access to people who want to complete the information before they drop it off at city offices Monday.

While Copperas Cove, Gatesville and Nolanville each has three seats up for election this fall, each has different term limits.

Copperas Cove City Council members serve three-year terms but are limited to two consecutive terms. Each seat is elected at-large.

In Copperas Cove, Council Place 3, Gary Kent; Place 4, Danny Palmer; and Place 5, Kenn Smith; are up for election.

Kent and Smith are in their first terms and can seek re-election.

Palmer is serving in his second term after he was elected to fill a vacancy in March 2009. It is unclear if he can run for a full second term because of the time served in the vacant seat.

“He filled a vacancy that was over one year,” Lees said, noting Palmer served one year and three months.

Lees said the way the city’s charter reads, he may have filled the vacancy for too long to run again. Palmer is consulting with the city’s attorney to find out.

Lees said some residents already expressed interest in running for Cove’s council.

“A few people have (picked up packets), but they can also get them online, so we don’t know how many people may file,” Lees said.

To file, Cove residents must submit candidate packets to the city secretary’s office at 914 S. Main St., Suite E.

Nolanville

On the Nolanville City Council, terms are two years and each council member is limited to two consecutive terms. Each seat is elected at-large.

Place 2, Sherri Morales; Place 4, Duane Hampton; and Place 5, Lacie Hicks are up for election.

Morales and Hampton can run again, but Hicks will give up her seat, Nolanville City Secretary Ginger Metcalf said.

“Hicks is resigning before the election,” Metcalf said. “She is moving out of town. Her resignation is on the agenda for the July 30 meeting.”

Morales will end her first full term in November, and Hampton is ending an unexpired term.

Residents can pick up a candidate application and drop it off Monday at Nolanville City Hall, 100 N. Main St.

Gatesville

Council members in Gatesville don’t have term limits but are elected in two-year cycles. The city is divided into two wards for residents to vote.

“U.S. Highway 84 splits Gatesville in half,” said Assistant City Manager Luis Lobo. Three representatives come from the northern portion of the city and three representatives come from the southern portion.

Ward 1’s Place 3, Timothy Woodlock; Ward 2’s Place 5, Ronnie Viss; and Ward 1’s Place 1, Barbara Burrow are up for election.

Prospective candidates can collect information on running for municipal office at Gatesville City Hall, 110 N. Eighth St., where filing documents are submitted.

Coryell County’s school districts, Copperas Cove ISD and Gatesville ISD, also have the same filing period.

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