Who do you want to represent your interests when decisions are made by state legislators?

To help you get to know the candidates and their positions, the Killeen Daily Herald will sponsor a District 54 candidates forum Jan. 22 at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive.

Four community members are vying to represent the district in the Texas House of Representatives.

Three candidates are in the March 6 Republican primary: Brad Buckley, incumbent Scott Cosper and Larry Smith, in alphabetical order.

The one Democratic candidate, Kathy Richerson, will face the GOP winner in November.

Issues include job creation, property tax laws, school funding, clean drinking water supply and state funding.

District 54 covers southern Bell County and parts of Lampasas County. It includes Belton, Copperas Cove, Fort Hood, Harker Heights, Kempner, Killeen, Lampasas, Lometa, Nolanville and Salado.


Buckley is a Killeen veterinarian and former Killeen school district board member who lives in Salado.

Cosper, a former Killeen councilman and mayor, was elected to the state seat in 2016. He lives in Killeen.

Smith, a general contractor and former U.S. Army captain, ran for the District 54 seat in 2016. He is a Killeen resident.

Richerson is a retired Realtor who cares for livestock on her ranch near the Bell County line.

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