Voters Decide Local Races, Bond Issue Proposals

CENTRAL TEXAS (May 10, 2014) Turnout was generally light Saturday as Central Texas residents headed to the polls to decide contested school board and city council races as well as several proposed school bond issues, all of which passed.


Turnout was light in Waco where voters decided a contested city council race and two contested school board races.

Incumbent Dist. 1 City Councilman Wilbert Austin turned back a challenge Saturday from Cecil P. McDowell and De’Leon Harris.

Colbert D. Murphy defeated Jezelle D. Cooper for the unexpired Pos. 2 term on the Waco School Board.

Incumbent at large Waco School Board member Cary DuPuy defeated challenger Armando Arvizu.


Turnout was much heavier in Killeen, where voters decided city council and school board races.

Richard “Dick” Young, Scott Cosper and Hal Butchart were running for the mayor’s job.

Cosper was the top vote getter.

Incumbent City Councilmembers Elizabeth Blackstone, Jared Foster and Jonathan Okray faced a list of challengers including Doris Mims-Owens, Juan Rivera, Bubba Purser and Randy Doyle.

Blackstone and Okray won new terms, but Foster came in fourth,trailing the winner of the third seat, Rivera, by 52 votes.

Marvin Rainwater was the top vote-getter in the race for the Pl. 4 seat on the Killeen School Board, defeating Brockley Moore, Lan Carter and Aya Eneli.


Temple voters decided a contested school board race.

Linnell Davis defeated Temika Brown in the race for the Dist. 2 seat.

School Bond Issues

Robinson voters narrowly approved a scaled-down bond issue proposal to replace the district’s 50-year-old intermediate school. The measure passed by 19 votes.

The $19.5 million bond proposal was less than the $21 million bond proposal rejected in November 2013. Voters also said no to a bond issue proposal in 2011.

Clifton voters divided evenly in a 380-to-380 vote over a proposed $23.3 million school bond issue that includes $18.130 million for a new elementary school and $5.170 million for a high school auditorium.

A half-dozen provisional ballots remained to be verified and counted.

Cameron voters approved a proposed $5.65 million bond issue for athletic facilities.

Rogers voters passed a proposed $4.94 bond issue to pay for construction and renovation projects including classrooms, science labs, dressing rooms, locker rooms and administrative space.