By Robert Nathan
Killeen Daily Herald
After months of campaigning, candidates vying to represent the Killeen-Fort Hood area in Washington and Austin have tallied much support along the way through campaign endorsements.
There are several reasons why candidates seek endorsements, said Dr. J. David Holcomb, assistant professor of history and political science at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Endorsements, he said, give candidates some credibility and legitimacy in the public's eye if the organizations represent mainstream opinion or certain groups in society that would have broad public appeal and support.
"For example, getting the Chamber of Commerce endorsement is always big because that suggests the business community is behind you," Holcomb said. "More than likely, that is going to help you with regard to campaign fundraising."
31st Congressional District
U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock is being challenged by Democrat Mary Beth Harrell and Libertarian Matt McAdoo for the 31st Congressional District. Carter is seeking a third term in Congress.
n Carter has received campaign endorsements from the Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund Inc. He earned a 100 percent voting record with Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND this session on issues important to agriculture and rural Texas.
He also has received campaign endorsements from The Texas Alliance for Life Inc., The United States Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Medical Association and the National Right to Life Political Action Committee.
n Harrell has received campaign endorsements from the Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Chronicle, Esquire Magazine, the Bell, Coryell and Erath Democratic parties, Central Texas AFL-CIO Labor Council, the American Federation of State County Municipal Employees and 20 other organizations.
"I believe it shows that they have the confidence in me that I will vote in the best interests of my constituents and my country when I get to Congress," Harrell said.
She also has received campaign endorsements from U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and former NATO Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark.
n McAdoo has not received any campaign endorsements.
54th Texas House
State Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, R-Lampasas, is not seeking re-election and her 54th Texas House of Representatives seat is being challenged by Republican Jimmie Don Aycock, Democrat Edward Lindsay and Libertarian Nicolaas Kramer.
n Aycock has received campaign endorsements from the Texas State Teachers Association, Texas Classroom Teachers Association, Association of Texas Professional Educators and the Texas Federation of Teachers. He has also received campaign endorsements from the Texas Association of Realtors, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the National Rifle Association and other organizations.
He also has received an endorsement from the Texas Farm Bureau.
"I'm their number one candidate in the state," Aycock said. "I'm their top priority target in the state."
n Lindsay has not received any campaign endorsements from any organizations, but has received endorsements from individuals.
"As a result, I don't ask for any contributions from special interest groups," Lindsay said. "All of my contributions have come from hard-working honest citizens. I could name them, but I don't know if you have enough time."
n Kramer was unavailable for comment.
55th Texas House
State Rep. Dianne White Delisi, R-Temple, is being challenged by Democrat Bill Smith for the 55th Texas House of Representatives seat.
Delisi is seeking a ninth term.
n Delisi has received campaign endorsements from the Texas Farm Bureau, the National Rifle Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas, Young Conservatives of Texas, Texas Right to Life, Texas Association of Business, Department of Public Safety Officers Association, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas Association of Realtors, the Texas State Rifle Association and many others.
n Smith has received campaign endorsements from the Texas Speech and Hearing Association, and the Texas Federation of Teachers. He is a member of both organizations.
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