District 54 candidates Dr. Brad Buckley, from left, incumbent Rep. Scott Cosper, Larry Smith and Kathy Richerson participate in the Killeen Daily Herald District 54 political forum at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

Incumbent state District 54 Rep. Scott Cosper, R-Killeen, was unable to attend two election forums this week because of scheduling conflicts, he said Friday.

“As a state representative, I have events I have to attend and I have been out engaging the public every day and talking about issues important to them,” said Cosper, who faces Republican challenger Dr. Brad Buckley in a May 22 primary runoff election.

Cosper missed the NAACP forum Monday and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Stars & Stripes Exchange Club forum Thursday.

“Cosper wasn’t in attendance and sent regrets because of an engagement on Fort Hood,” said TaNeika Driver Moultrie with the NAACP.

On Thursday night, Cosper “was busy with a family event,” said Charles Wood, Cosper’s campaign manager.

Cosper said his campaign is “going well.”

“We’re gaining momentum and I’ve been out meeting with constituents every day,” he said.

Both Cosper and Buckley have events scheduled ahead of the May 22 runoff.

Both men have said they will be at the forum on April 23 held jointly by the Central Texas Republican Women, Salado Area Republican Women, and Central Texas Tea Party. The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Temple Public Library, 100 W. Adams Ave.

The winner of the District 54 runoff will face Democrat Kathy Richerson in the general election Nov. 6.


April 22: meet-and-greet from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St., Salado

May 1: meet-and-greet from 5:30 to 7:30 at Toupsie’s, 904 N. Key Ave., Lampasas.


April 16: meet-and-greet from 5:30-7 p.m. at Bobby Lupo’s, 420 E. Farm-to-Market 2410 Road #110, Harker Heights.

May 3: meet-and-greet from 5-7 p.m. at the Brick Oven, 12093 U.S. Highway 190, Kempner.

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula is reporter for the Killeen Daily Herald. Reach her at

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Cosper's motto "fights for us" "Wins for us" does not accurately reflect the representation he gives us. It should read "lies to us" "fights to maintain high property taxes." We need to get Cosper out of office.

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