Two Killeen mayoral candidates are at opposite ends of a lawsuit over campaign tactics.

Hal Butchart announced during a political forum Monday night that fellow candidate Dick Young recently filed a lawsuit against him.

“I hate to start ugly early,” Butchart said in his opening statements at the forum. “But Mr. Young has sued me for saying bad things about him, and I expect Mr. (Scott) Cosper to do the same.”

Young filed an injunction against Butchart in 146th District Court on Friday ordering him to cease and desist in making allegations against Young.

The order, signed by Judge Jack Jones, prohibits Butchart from continuing to make accusations in his campaign for mayor about Young that stem from a rumor that circulated in 2007.

Young said he didn’t want to comment on the suit because it is a pending legal matter, but he believes the truth will come out in court.

“The facts that are in the case will bear themselves out in the court of law,” he said. “The campaign needs to be about the issues facing the citizens of Killeen, and not some distraction that has no bearing and is not based in any truth.”

The Herald investigated Butchart’s claims, finding only a traffic ticket dating back to 1984 on Young’s record. Cosper also had a clean record.

Neither Young nor Cosper addressed Butchart’s comments regarding the current lawsuit or his expectation of a future lawsuit during the forum.

Cosper said he’s has “no idea what Mr. Butchart is talking about.”

“My goal for this campaign is to focus on the issues that move our city forward,” he told the Herald following the forum.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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