By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

The Bell County Democratic Party celebrated President Barack Obama's first 100 days in office Tuesday night at American Legion Post 223, with cake, music, dancing and political candidates.

After hearing criticism about Obama's first 100 days, even before the election was over, Bell County Democrats decided to celebrate Obama's first 100 days, said Wilma Allen, Bell County Texas Democratic Party publicity chair.

"It is taking courage to do what he (Obama) has done," said Arthur Resa, Bell County Texas Democratic Party chair. "He has given this country courage and confidence to keep moving forward."

Resa spoke at the celebration to explain what he believed to be Obama's accomplishments during his first 100 days as president. They included the economic stimulus package, a bill to ensure women get paid the same as men for the same jobs and overturning the Bush administration's stem cell research ban.

"All this work is just a down payment on what is left to come," Resa said.

Most of those in attendance, including Sammie Bourrage, of Harker Heights, believed that Obama has had a successful first 100 days.

"A lot of good things have happened," Bourrage said. "He is aggressive, and I think he has really kept up with his campaign promises."

After Resa spoke, he introduced several candidates in upcoming local elections.

The local elections are just as important as the presidential elections, said Donald Cleveland, former local Obama campaign field organizer captain, who spoke after the candidates.

"We don't want to stop this momentum Obama started," Cleveland said, urging people to go vote.

Two of the people Resa introduced are running in the November 2010 election alongside the Texas governor's race on the ballot: Tiffany Howard, who is running for Bell County Court at Law No. 3, and Kurt Kuhn, who is running for the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals.

Resa also introduced three local candidates: Juan Rivera, running for the District 2 City Council seat in Killeen; Bernardine Martin, running for the District 3 seat in Killeen; and Otis Evans, running for the District 4 seat in Killeen.

The candidates spoke about why they are running for local office.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7554.

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