HARKER HEIGHTS — Oscar Dominguez announced Thursday afternoon he is suspending his campaign to become the next mayor of Harker Heights.

Dominguez filed to challenge current Mayor Rob Robinson on Feb. 28, the last day to file for a spot on the May 10 ballot.

“Unfortunately, some unforeseen challenges and opportunities have arisen that would take me away from the community for at least another year,” Dominguez said in a news release. “If elected, I do not believe it would be fair to the community, the constituents, to have a part-time mayor for any duration of time. I believe if positive change is to occur, a full-time mayor is needed.”

Despite removing himself from the political campaign, he said he fully supports and backs Robinson.

“After meeting and discussing policy with our newly installed mayor, I am confident that we share the same goals for the city of Harker Heights. That is why I have chosen to throw my support behind Rob Robinson’s bid,” Dominguez said. “It has been a true privilege and honor to have had strong supporters who urged me to run in the first place. I have enjoyed sharing my vision and the challenges that face the residents of Harker Heights for years to come. I will stay actively engaged in the fight to make the city of Harker Heights a leading community in the state of Texas.”

Though he is no longer an active candidate, Dominguez’s name will remain on the ballot.

“After much consideration and given my passion for the public service, it has been a tough decision. After succeeding in two careers, one as a U.S. Army warrant officer and the other working with Texas state agencies, I believe public service, whether through government or nonprofit work, is a blessed opportunity to give back,” Dominguez continued. “I wanted to continue this tradition and move into an even more sacrificing public servant role; however, mindful of time, talent and treasure, I have decided to postpone a full run for office.”

Dominguez’s withdrawal from the race was the latest in a series of twists surrounding the mayor’s post.

Last month, Mayor Mike Aycock resigned the office because of a delinquent-tax issue, but he remained a candidate in the May 10 election. Robinson, the mayor pro tem, became the city’s mayor, as prescribed in the city charter.

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

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

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