By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

The window to file election packets for the Killeen City Council race closed at 5 p.m. Monday, but there were two last-minute entries in the race.

Terry J. Clark and Harold Butchart waited until the last day to turn in their election packets and both opted to challenge incumbent Councilwoman JoAnn Purser for the District 3 seat.

Councilmen representing Districts 1, 2 and 4 remained unchallenged. The positions are occupied by Kenny Wells, Juan Rivera and Ernest Wilkerson, respectively.

The first candidate to challenge Purser was Clark, a campus instructional technologist for the Killeen Independent School District.

City Secretary Paula Miller said Clark delivered his election packet in the morning.

"I did not want to give Councilwoman Purser advance notice that she would have an opponent during the election," Clark said, in a letter to the Herald. "Quite frankly, I am in no way equipped to outspend her in a head-to-head campaign."

The second candidate to file Monday was Butchart, a disabled veteran who ran against Purser two years ago. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor last year.

Miller said Butchart delivered his election packet within the final hour of the filing period.

Butchart was unable to be reached for comment.

Running for a second term, Purser is self-employed as a residential developer.

"I did expect it (opposition)," Purser said. "I'm more surprised that the other seats are uncontested because I just know people were wanting to have choices and it seems with even the national elections there's always been some opposition."

Contact Anthony Scott at ascott@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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