BELTON — As the campaign season officially gets underway, Bell County voters can expect to see a lot of a face relatively new to the rough and tumble world of Texas politics: Louie Minor, who is trying to unseat long-time U.S. Rep. John Carter.

Although Minor, who is running as a Democrat, won’t face Carter until the November general election, he and his supporters know it’s an uphill battle to build name recognition in a district that is as deeply red as Texas 31.

“Carter is a member of the tea party caucus,” Minor said. “Every vote he casts puts Texas in jeopardy.”

Minor said he plans to build his campaign platform around economic issues, such as reinstating long-term unemployment benefits and the creation of a living wage.

He considers those issues to be among the most important for Central Texans and by putting those issues first, he’ll be putting Texas first.

“I plan on being a representative for Texas,” Minor said. “I can’t find anything in Carter’s record that benefits Texas.”

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