By Justin Cox
Killeen Daily Herald
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, headed a field of top Republicans from across the area during her tour of Central Texas on Tuesday, helping House District 55 Republican Ralph Sheffield raise money for his campaign during a fundraiser at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.
Sheffield was joined at his table by other notable Republicans, including U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock; state Sen. Troy Fraser; and former District 55 Rep. Dianne White Delisi. Also in the audience were District Attorney Henry Garza, House District 54 Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, and nearly all the members of the Bell County Commissioners Court.
Commissioner Eddy Lange opened the event by serving as the fast-talking auctioneer for several items to raise money for Sheffield.
Hutchison, who was introduced by Delisi, spoke of the importance this race has for Republicans throughout the state.
"I am so pleased to be here for Ralph Sheffield," Hutchison said. "I asked the people that I trust to look at the whole state, and asked them which are the most important races that we have to win where it's really going to make a difference. And they said Ralph Sheffield.
"Ralph Sheffield is going to go to Austin, and he is going to represent our state the way it needs to be represented."
Hutchison spoke of Sheffield's history as a small businessman and owner of a restaurant for more than 30 years, and the responsibilities that come with that kind of job.
"It's a hard job running a restaurant; my brother does that," Hutchison said. "And I can't think of anyone I want more in the Texas Legislature than somebody who knows we don't need a lot of new regulations. We don't need a lot of new taxes. What we need is a business person who is going to watch the bottom line, who's going to keep taxes low, who's going to keep Texas a business state and that's who we have in Ralph Sheffield."
Sheffield spoke briefly, thanking the senator and some of the area's most influential public figures who turned out for the event.
"I look forward to coming to work with you very soon," Sheffield said to the table containing Jimmie Don Aycock, who is unopposed in this year's election.
"We've got to keep this thing Republican. Going through tough times as we are right now, a small businessman is what we need in Austin. We don't need someone who's about more government. We need someone who is going to stand strong and work hard. ... The race is down to 35 days, and it's been a long journey. But we're almost there."
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