Place 5 City Councilman Kyle McAlister is running for a third term on Abilene’s City Council. In his second term, McAlister has weathered community criticism and calls for him to step down from his seat. His critics, led by the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, provided local media with a collection of nearly a decade of Facebook posts that they say cross the line into racism. The outcry lead to a number of organizations, including KACU, to sever ties with McAlister.
McAlister issued a public apology, and proposed his own censure at a City Council meeting, but declined to step down. He now faces challenges by Cory Clements and Cynthia Alvidrez.