The candidates for the Texas House District 54 race will convene at 6:30 p.m. today for the Herald’s HD 54 candidate forum at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.
With the Texas Legislature more bitterly opposed than ever, district residents are seeking a candidate who will represent their interests and achieve meaningful legislation in Austin.
The candidates expected to attend tonight are incumbent Rep. Scott Cosper, R-Killeen; Republican Dr. Brad Buckley, a Killeen veterinarian; Republican Larry Smith, a retired U.S. Army captain; and Democrat Kathy Richerson, a retired realtor.
The Herald’s forum moderators will ask the candidates the questions that matter to you, including their stances on property tax reform, water conservation and planning, school district finance reform, and more.
The forum will be the only one hosted by the Herald before the March 6 GOP primary, when Cosper will face his two Republican challengers.
Cosper, a former mayor and City Councilman in Killeen, was elected to the seat in November 2016 in his first term, succeeding long-time representative Jimmy Don Aycock. Cosper served on the House Appropriations Committee during the 85th Legislature.
Buckley, a former Killeen school district board member, and Smith, who has previously run for the District 54 seat, will look to distinguish themselves from Cosper, touting widely disparate political and professional experience.
Meanwhile, Richerson, a political newcomer, will get a first-hand look at her competitors, one of whom she will square off against in the Nov. 8 general election.
The forum will go from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event is free to the public.
For more information and continuing coverage of the race, go to kdhnews.com/centerforpolitics.