The Exchange Club in Killeen hosted six political candidates and an alternate on Monday for a week ahead of early voting.
Brad Buckley, Stacey Wilson, Charles Wilson, Bobby Whitson, Steve Harris and Juan Rivera attended the midday event at the Yank Sing restaurant on Monday. Former Killeen councilor Shirley Fleming also attended the event and represented Bell County Commission nominee Louie Minor at the meeting.
Their participation was not a question-and-answer format. Instead, candidates introduced themselves and briefly explained why they are running for office.
“I am the current state representative for District 54 of the house,” he said. “I focus on three things.” These are property tax exemptions for veterans and the amount the state reimburses tax entities, such as Killeen, for lost revenue, public safety and public education.
A Killeen vet, Buckley, a Republican, is running against independent Democrat Jonathan Hildner.
“We are the boots in the field after the state decides what it wants to do,” said the outgoing Republican commissioner for Bell County 2. “We want to keep our streets safe. We want to keep our roads in good condition. I ran (last election) on the fact that we didn’t feel like we had enough representation” on this side of the county.
Stacey Wilson, Democrat and government contractor, is running against Whitson. Enclosure 2 represents the Harker Heights-Salado area.
“I’m very proud to represent Mr. Minor,” Fleming said. “He’s running for one of the biggest jobs in Bell County. He is just and he wants to work for the people. He’s going to make a great commissioner for Bell County.
Democrat, general contractor takes on Chris Bray, Republican and small business owner, in Precinct 4’s race for that seat.
Compound 4 covers the Killeen area. The winner of this race will succeed John Driver after he is not re-elected.
In the race for Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 Place 2 are Steve Harris, R-Killeen, teacher and former Killeen City Council member, Nicola James, D-Killeen, court administrator and written candidate Juan Rivera, I- Killin.
“I spent six years on city council,” Harris said. “I was a policy maker. A lot of that ties into what I’m about to do now. I like to serve people. That’s what I want to do.
“I’m not running for office,” Rivera said. “I run for my knowledge at the community level. If you are looking for someone to step in and start working, it’s me. If you are looking for someone who will follow the golden rule, it’s me. My name is not Juan Rivera. My name is Write-in.
“Representation matters,” said Wilson, Bobby Whitson’s Democratic challenger for Bell County 2 Commissioner. “I bring years of experience. I want to go a little further. I want to try to put my hands to work. I believe I can have that impact.
Military retiree Charles Wilson is running against incumbent Rob Robinson, another military retiree, for Bell County Water Control Improvement District No. 1.
This post covers Harker Heights in District 6.
“You’ve probably seen a lot of boil water advisories,” Wilson said. “We need to invest in our infrastructure. Water is one of the most essential resources you need when talking about development.
In Bell County, early voting continues through Nov. 4, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling locations are at Bell County Courthouse Annex (Belton), Bell County Courthouse Annex (Killeen), Jackson Vocational Learning Center (Killeen), at the center for the elderly. at Lions Park (Killeen), Temple Independent School District Administration Building (Temple), Salado Church of Christ (Salado), and Parks & Recreation Center (Harker Heights).