• December 19, 2014

Six vying for three at-large Killeen council seats as filing continues

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Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2014 4:30 am

Three at-large seats are on the ballot in the May 10 municipal election.

Since filing began Jan. 29, six candidates entered the race. Here’s a quick look at each of them:

Randy Doyle, 48, is a supervisory environmental protection specialist in the Department of the Army Civilians in the Department of Public Works, where he has been for 19 years. Doyle was an active-duty soldier in the Army for 11 years. He’s served as a member of Killeen’s landscape committee and Centex Sustainable Partnerships. Doyle currently serves on Killeen’s board of adjustments and appeals and has been a resident of Killeen for 21 years.

Jared Foster, 31, currently serves on the Killeen City Council. He was elected in May 2012. Foster, an Ellison High School graduate, lived in Killeen until 2000 when he left to study marketing at Texas A&M University and English literature at Southern Methodist University. Foster returned to Killeen in 2010 and currently works as the controller and marketing director at Killeen Power Sports. Before moving back to Killeen, Foster worked in publishing in New York City.

Doris Mims-Owens, 64, is a substitute teacher. She ran for the District 1 seat in 2007 and sought an at-large seat on the council in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

Jonathan Okray, 48, currently serves on the Killeen City Council. He was elected in May 2012. He moved to the area in 1985 when he was stationed at Fort Hood and made Killeen his permanent home in 1999. Okray, a Bronze Star Medal recipient, retired from the Army in 2005 after serving his final tours of duty in Germany, Kuwait and Iraq. Following his retirement from the military, Okray became a warehouseman for a government contractor at West Fort Hood. Okray spearheaded the 2011 recall that unseated five council members.

Gary Purser Jr., 57, is the co-owner of Shafin Purser Inc. in Killeen. He co-owned the business for three decades and is a lifelong resident of Killeen.

Juan Rivera, 63, owns Insurance Agency Mall in Killeen and is currently the chairman of the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce of Central Texas. Rivera served in the Army for 27 years. He was awarded an Army Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star Medal. He retired from the military in 1994. Rivera was elected to the council in 2007 and re-elected in 2009. In 2011, he was one of five councilmen recalled.

Filing ends Feb. 28. Packets can be picked up at Killeen City Hall, 101 N. College St.

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