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Recall supporters now set sights on Killeen City Council seats

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With most of Killeen’s City Council seats now empty, people are clamoring to get a spot on the dais.

Among them is Jonathan Okray. He led a successful recall petition effort leading up to the election in November which dismantled the city council.

"It was never my intention to be in this position, but here I am," Okray said.

The city council candidate spearheaded the recall effort after concerned citizens grew outraged over a $750,000 buyout offer for former-City Manager Connie Green's contract.

Okray said he wasn’t going to run for office, but changed his mind after he felt his work wasn't done.

"I have the ability to take information, digest that information and come up with good solutions that will help us move forward," he said. "My integrity is not for barter. I won't let it be given away or taken away."

Another candidate is retired veteran and former city employee Mike Gamel. He supported the recall effort.

"I think that was what was done there at that time. It was a bunch of good ole' boys, if one come up with something, they just fall in line," Gamel said.

After leaving his job with the city's street department, this self-proclaimed regular citizen says he's looking to give back.

“I can help out and see that the taxpayers’ dollar got spent properly," Gamel said. "We need to challenge some of these real estate people, the builders, you know. Because they do things that aren't wrong, but aren't exactly right."

Voters will head to the booths May 12. The three open at-large seats will go to the top candidates with the most votes without the need for a majority.

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