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Underwhelming turnout so far for Killeen election

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Posted: Friday, May 8, 2009 12:00 pm

By Justin Cox

Killeen Daily Herald

This year's record turnout of candidates in the Killeen City Council race was expected to bring a record number of voters to the polls.

It hasn't quite turned out that way.

While numbers have certainly been good, City Secretary Paula Miller said the numbers have been far from phenomenal.

In Killeen this year, 1,118 people voted during more than a week of early voting. There are an estimated 50,000 registered voters in Killeen.

About the same number are expected to vote Saturday.

Miller said the biggest hassle that she and her staff have dealt with is continual complaints from individuals hoping to vote in more than one of the numerous races going on. But single-member districts prevent that.

In District 1, current Councilman Kenny Wells faces a challenge from Ed Lindsay, a former State House District 54 candidate. Wells, 57, owns Wells Laundry. Lindsay, 70, is a retired educator.

District 2's race features current councilman Juan Rivera and former councilman Dick Young. Rivera, 58, is an insurance agent. Young, 56, owns three businesses in Killeen.

District 3 is an open seat following the departure of term-limited Mayor Pro Tem Fred Latham.

The candidates are Harold Butchart, John Doranski, Bernardine Martin and JoAnn Purser.

Butchart, 60, is retired from the U.S. Army. Doranski, 48, works for the Treasury Department in Waco. Martin, 65, is a retired library branch manager, real estate broker and teacher. Purser, 46, owns Bentina Rentals, Bentina Homes, Killeen Engineering & Surveying and Gary Purser Construction.

District 4 also has four contenders: current councilman Otis Evans, former Mayor Pro Tem Ernest Wilkerson and political newcomers Ralph Cossey Jr. and Keith Gavin.

Cossey, 50, is a software development manager. Evans, 65, works for Wesleyan Homes Inc., a continuous care retirement community in Georgetown. Gavin, 42, is a pastor. Wilkerson, 37, works for Crawford Bowers Funeral home in family services and counseling.

Killeen residents can also vote for the Killeen Independent School District and Central Texas College board of trustees races.

Contact Justin Cox at jcox@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568.

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