By Wendy Gragg
Killeen Daily Herald
Candidate filing begins Monday for the May 7 municipal and school board elections across the area.
Killeen will elect four ward representatives to the City Council, Copperas Cove voters will elect two new councilmembers, and Harker Heights voters will choose a new mayor.
The four ward seats on the Killeen City Council are up for election this year.
Ward 1 is currently represented by Dan Corbin. The Ward 2 seat is held by Dick Young. The Ward 3 seat is held by former Mayor Fred Latham and Ward 4 by Ernest Wilkerson.
Incumbents Corbin, Young and Wilkerson have already indicated their intention to file. Michael Turo said he plans to run for the Ward 3 seat.
Candidates can pick up filing packets from the city secretary Paula Miller at Killeen City Hall.
Two places on the Killeen Independent School District board of trustees are up for election this year and a third place is up for a special election.
Bill Kliewers Place 5 seat and Mike Helms seat, Place 4, will be up for election. Place 7, currently held by Dr. Ron Rainosek, will be up for special election. Rainosek was appointed to the seat recently when Dr. Brad Buckley stepped down. The Place 7 seat is up for election for a one-year term, in order to finish the one year Buckley had left on his term.
Kliewer said Thursday that he could not say whether he would run for re-election. Helm said he would be filing for re-election the first chance he had.
The Harker Heights mayors position is up for election this year, as well as the Place 4 seat on the Harker Heights City Council, currently held by John Reider.
Mayor Mary Gauer is ineligible to run for re-election because of term limits, but she said she will run for the Place 4 seat on the council.
Reider said term limits make him ineligible to run for re-election to the Place 4 seat.
Two seats are up for election on the Copperas Cove City Council. They are Place 6, held by Bud Owsley and Place 7, held by Annabelle Smith.
Both Owsley and Smith are ineligible to run for re-election because they have served two consecutive three-year terms.
Copperas Cove ISD
Two seats on the Copperas Cove Independent School District are up for election this year.
Place 6, held by Jim Copeland, will be open, as will the Place 7 seat, held by Glynn Powell. A candidate filing packet can be picked up from CCISD central office.
Central Texas College
Two seats on the Central Texas College board of trustees are up for election.
Place 6, held by Barbara Weaver and Place 7, held by Don Armstrong, are both open in the May 7 election. CTC trustees serve six-year terms.
Three seats are up for election on Nolanville City Council.
The seats, all carrying two-year terms, are currently held by Cecil Carroll Jr., Denise Hungerford and Michael Lathan. Another seat is open for a one-year term, to replace councilman Robert Stephens, who died in December 2004.
Several positions are up for election this year in Lampasas. The mayors seat is up for election as well as City Council seats in Place 1, held by Fred Cummings, Place 2, held by Jon Cellum and Place 6, held by John Cole. Interested candidates should pick up a filing packet from the city secretary.
Florence has three at-large seats on the City Council up for election.
The seats are for two-year terms and are currently occupied by Fred Osuna, Mary Condon and Carlos Deleon. A filing packet can be picked up at City Hall.
Contact Wendy Gragg at wgragg @kdhnews.com