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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:30 am

With only four days left to file for the May 11 Killeen City Council election, none of the four council races are contested.

Before city offices closed Monday, Steve Harris, a 43-year-old teacher at Smith Middle School, became the first to file for the District 4 seat.

Harris, who has never served in a public office, ran unsuccessfully in May 2012 for one of the three at-large seats up for election at the time.

“One of the things that I want to do is provide more things for the youth to do,” Harris said. “I talk a lot with the young people at school and one of the biggest complaints is that there is nothing to do.”

District 1 incumbent Wayne Gilmore, District 2 incumbent Jose Segarra and District 3 incumbent Terry Clark are the only other candidates who have filed for the May district council election.

City Secretary Paula Miller said so far the number of candidates is lower than the last municipal election, which included a total of 26 candidates.

The May 2012 election was unusually popular as a result of the November 2011 recall, which removed five of the seven council members.

Last year, 26 candidates ran for six seats, a mix of two district council member seats, three at-large seats and one mayoral seat.

Mayoral and at-large council elections are normally held in May of even-numbered years and district council elections are held in May of odd-numbered years. All council seats are for two-year terms.

The District 4 seat is held by Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lower. Due to redistricting, Lower now lives in District 3 and has not announced his candidacy for re-election.

District 4 is outlined roughly as the area inside the city limits west of State Highway 195 and south of Watercrest Road.

The city will conduct an election even if no races are contested because of the charter election, which includes 33 charter amendment propositions.

Miller said her office has finished preparing the charter ballot, which involved translating all 33 propositions into Spanish for voters who prefer to vote in Spanish.

Early voting begins April 29.

“The city encourages anyone interested in running for a district seat to obtain an election packet from the city secretary at City Hall,” city spokeswoman Hilary Shine said.

Packets are available at City Hall, 101 N. College Ave.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday.

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