Matthew Russell

Matthew Russell

There could be two new faces on the Copperas Cove City Council following Tuesday’s election. Only one incumbent filed to run again as Matthew Russell will attempt to serve another term in Place 7.

The five candidates all have extensive experience on Copperas Cove boards, councils and committees.

Finances, water billing and metering and an update to Business Highway 190 will be on the minds of the two men elected for the two seats on the city council.


This sets up to be the most interesting of the five races in the city. Former Economic Development Corporation Chairman Marc Payne faces former Mayor John Hull and former Councilman Danny Palmer.

Current Councilman George Duncan did not seek re-election.

Payne has been in Copperas Cove for more than 40 years and has been on a number of boards and committees, including serving as chairman of the Economic Development Corporation.

Palmer served for two terms on the City Council. He said he spends a lot of time riding his scooter around town with his dog, Lilly, a purebred Maltese, talking to people.

Hull served as Cove mayor for eight years, Coryell County judge for 12 years, a member of the City Council for one term and was on the CCISD school board for 20 years. Hull, 85, is a long-term resident of Copperas Cove, graduating from Copperas Cove High School in 1950.

The term of the position is three years.


In Place 7, incumbent Russell will face Charlie Youngs for the three-year council seat.

Russell is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He and his wife and family have lived in Copperas Cove for more than 22 years.

Youngs originally moved to Copperas Cove in 1984 and continued to make it his home after his retirement from the military in 1988. He held a council seat from 1993 to 1996 and again from 2009 until July 2012. | 254-501-7464

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