Smith, Deans on the ballot for city council Place 7
By BRITTANY FHOLER
As of press time Monday, two Copperas Cove residents will have their names on the Nov. 5 ballot for Copperas Cove City Council Place 7 following the resignation of former council member Charlie Youngs last month.
Jack Smith has worked as a real estate broker for Donlie McMullin Realty since 1997.
Smith grew up in Copperas Cove, moving with his parents to the city in 1962. He moved away in 1981 and moved back in 1996. He has two children who also grew up in Copperas Cove and currently attend Texas State University.
He has served on the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors as president, was president of the Noon Exchange Club, served on the Economic Development Corporation board of directors, the Copperas Cove Education Foundation, Copperas Cove Board of Adjustments, Graduate of Leadership Copperas Cove 1999, Charter Review Committee and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #1 board.
He currently serves on the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Central Texas Home Builders Board of Directors, the Coryell County Economic Development Board, the National Mounted Warfare Foundation board, is a member of the Lions Club, the Noon Exchange Club, the VFW and the Moose Lodge.
“I just care a lot about Copperas Cove, and I know that they already have three races and a lot of good candidates running, and I just thought I would help out and finally serve as a councilman,” Smith said for his reason for running for office.
Theresa Deans will also have her name on the Nov. 5 special election ballot.
Deans and her husband moved to Texas from North Carolina with their two daughters in 2003 when Deans was offered a job at the U.S. Army Operational Test Command at West Fort Hood as an Education Development and Training Specialist.
Deans worked at USAOTC until 2011 before transferring to a temporary assignment in Kuwait as a civilian personnel actions liaison. She returned from Kuwait in 2012 and resumed at USAOTC. She retired with 37 years of federal service in 2014.
Since her retirement, Deans and her husband have become active members of Central Texas Disaster Action Response Team (CEN-TX DART) and are certified instructors for Community Emergency Response Training (CERT).
Deans said she chose to run for City Council because she wants to know what processes are stopping large industry companies from bringing business to Copperas Cove.
“Copperas Cove is a wonderful little city with so much potential to be a ‘the best little city with a big heart,’” Deans said.
She said she is interested in finding out what can be done to improve job prospects in town. She is also interested in reaching out to all citizens to teach them how to prepare for emergencies.
The filing period for a place on the special election ballot for Place 7 continues through Thursday, September 26, with applications accepted at the City Secretary’s office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Candidate packets are currently available in the City Secretary’s Office and on the City’s website at http://www.copperascovetx.gov/city_secretary/election_information/, where they may be downloaded and printed.
The physical address for filing applications in person is 914 S. Main Street, Suite D, Copperas Cove; mailing address is P.O. Drawer 1449, Copperas Cove, TX 76522. Those with questions about filing should contact Lisa Wilson, City Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-547-4221.