Marvin Rainwater was surrounded by family and friends as he watched the voting totals for the Killeen Independent School District board of trustees Place 4 seat slowly trickle in. As cheers filled the Killeen ISD board room, where voting numbers were being projected, Rainwater saw he won the race.
“It’s special when your family can share (the excitement) with you,” Rainwater said. “I’m sort of excited, but I realize it’s going to be a lot of hard work. ... There’s 2,235 people who said I’m the guy, so that’s an awful (big) responsibility.”
A total of 4,590 residents cast votes for the Place 4 seat and Rainwater received 49.3 percent of those votes.
Aya Eneli trailed with 1,378 votes (30.4 percent), followed by Brockley Moore with 659 votes (14.5 percent) and Lan Carter with 263 votes (5.8 percent).
Even though she didn’t win the race, Eneli said Saturday night that throughout her campaign, she was able to make a substantial impact on the way education is looked at in Killeen.
“It was a great race,” said Eneli, who ran for school board for the first time.
“As a relative newcomer to Killeen, to come out and in 60 days get the kind of support I had and impact the conversation of what our school board should be doing, it’s great. It’s phenomenal.”
Moore said he still plans to volunteer to serve the students in the community.
“I’m going to continue ... to do my part to take care of the kids in Killeen ISD and maybe our kids will get the best public education they need,” Moore said.
Rainwater said his goals moving forward are to make sure he listens to everybody and helps teachers be able to do their jobs effectively.
“To me, the lens I’m going to look through is, ‘Is this going to help the teachers teach?’” he said.
School board Vice President Terry Delano was re-elected to his Place 5 seat for which he ran unopposed.
The seven members of the district’s board of trustees serve at-large and are elected to three-year terms.
“I’m humbled and honored to be on the board, to continue to be on the board,” Delano said. “I’ll continue to try really hard to do a good job for the citizens, to represent the citizens and the community.”
Delano said he looks forward to welcoming Rainwater to the school board.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We have to hire a superintendent,” Delano said. “I look forward to working with him. I think he’ll be a good addition.”