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Election season heats up in Heights

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Vanessa Lynch | Herald staff writer

Harker Heights seat 4 candidates David Brown, left, and John Reider’s representative, Lauren Reider, prepare to field questions from the audience during the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce’s governmental affairs forum Thursday.

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He has no active election opponent, but Mayor Rob Robinson said he is still pressing forward with his campaign.

Candidate Oscar Dominguez suspended his campaign last week, citing “unforeseen challenges and opportunities” that arose that would take him away from the community for at least another year.

“I respect his integrity and appreciate his support,” Robinson said of Dominguez’s campaign suspension. “I appreciate him being forthright about his decision.”

Although no longer an active candidate, Dominguez will remain on the ballot, under Texas law. Making note of the fact he can still garner votes, Robinson said he doesn’t consider himself the victor and will attend all forums and campaign as planned.

“I am the right man for the job. I’m very familiar with the operations of the city and I have the confidence of our citizens and I want to continue what we are accomplishing in Harker Heights,” Robinson said. “We are a successful town. We have things to do in the future and I want to be a part of that.”

Dominguez’s withdrawal from the race was the latest in a series of twists surrounding the mayor’s post. Last month, then-Mayor Mike Aycock resigned from office because of a delinquent-tax issue, but he temporarily remained a candidate in the May 10 election. Robinson, the mayor pro tem, became the city’s mayor, as prescribed by city charter.

Aycock withdrew his candidacy on the final day of filing. The same day, Robinson, who was term-limited for his council seat, filed for the mayor’s post, as did Dominguez.

Before the final deadline expired Feb. 28, David Brown, another new office-seeker, filed for a ballot spot against former councilman John Reider, who was unopposed for Robinson’s old council seat.

Reider, a lifelong Heights resident, has been in commercial real estate and property management for 39 years, including acquisition, planning and development. He also has four years’ experience on the Planning and Zoning Commission and served on the council for 12 years.

“I really want to work with David Mitchell, our new city manager. I had the opportunity to work with David early on in his career when he was our city planner,” he said. “I look forward to the possibility of working with him toward the goal of making Harker Heights even better than it is today.”

He said his experience in real estate and property management have given him “invaluable insight into the past growth and future planning and development” of the city.

Brown has lived in Heights since 2003. He was a member of the Infrastructure Committee for the 2007 Exploring New Heights II citizen focus group and currently serves on the Harker Heights Public Safety Commission.

“Our city is not failing. It’s thriving, which is in great part to the leadership from Steve Carpenter, previous councils and mayors. Our city has been in good hands,” he said. “I hope to be another person in that line that continues to do the best they can to serve the citizens so they continue to have a really great place to live.”

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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Vanessa Lynch | Herald staff writer

Harker Heights seat 4 candidates David Brown, left, and John Reider’s representative, Lauren Reider, prepare to field questions from the audience during the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce’s governmental affairs forum Thursday.

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