By Sarah Chacko
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON Two Killeen city officials joined more than 20 other Re-publicans as they filed for county and state offices Monday at the Bell County Courthouse.
Killeen Mayor Maureen Jouett, who filed for the Precinct 4 county commissioners seat, estimated that 90 percent of Killeen was in the precinct, which means a majority of the residents she would be representing already know what she is about.
I promise to represent the citizens in Precinct 4 with the same amount of integrity, loyalty and dedication as I have the citizens of Killeen, Jouett said earlier Monday afternoon at a news conference outside Killeen City Hall.
Jouett, 52, listed some of the priorities she sees the county facing, including an equal share of county resources between all precincts.
City residents pay county taxes, too, Jouett said. We deserve some return on the investment.
Jouett will be running against two other Killeen residents, incumbent John Fisher, who was not able to attend Mondays party meeting, and businessman Doyle Dickens.
City Councilman Dick Young, who attended Mondays event, said he intended to file for the Precinct 2 county commissioner post on Wednesday.
Young, 53, said he believed he could bring a unique perspective to the people he would represent and act as a liaison between county and city interests.
Incumbent Precinct 2 Commissioner Tim Brown, 53, of Salado said with so much going on in the commissioners court, campaigns are more of a distraction.
With the changing environment in Austin, funding and growth challenges, and mandates coming in from all directions, Brown said his advantage is that he has been a commissioner long enough to understand it all.
Im not tired of the job at all, he said. But I dont like politics. I never have.
Two women put their names in for county clerk, a position held for the last 18 years by Vada Sutton, who retired Sept. 30. Sutton worked as a county employee for 52 years.
Shelley Coston, 39, of Little River-Academy, is a paralegal with the law office of Jim Hewitt. She has also worked in Bell County as a legal secretary in the county attorneys office and as a legal assistant in the district attorneys office.
Trudy Stuart, 51, of Salado is currently retired but has worked in the county as an executive secretary in the county engineers office and as a statistician in the juvenile probation office.
Candidates running for statewide office also made appearances at the meeting, although they officially file with the state Republican Party.
Former Killeen Councilman Dan Corbin mailed his application in Monday, making his candidacy for Texas House District 54 official.
Jimmy Don Aycock, 59, of Killeen, and Dale Hopkins, 45, of Marble Falls, are also running for the House seat.
They are seeking to succeed state Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, who is not seeking re-election.
Other Republican candidates included:
n Dianne White Delisi, 62, of Temple, incumbent for Texas House District 55
n Judge Gordon G. Adams, incumbent for the 169th District Court
n Judge Martha J. Trudo, 59, of Harker Heights, incumbent for the 264th District Court
n Jon Burrows, 59, of Temple, incumbent for county judge
n Judge Ed Johnson, 61, of Temple, incumbent for County Court-at-Law No. 1
n Bobby Dale Barina, 39, of Harker Heights, candidate for County Court-at-Law No. 2
n Judge Gerald M. Brown, 63, of Salado, incumbent for County Court-at-Law No. 3
n Shelia Norman, 51, of Sparks, incumbent for district clerk
n Charles E. Jones, 56, of Holland, incumbent for county treasurer
n Judge Theodore R. Duffield, 56, of Belton, incumbent for Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace
n Alice Wilkins, 51, of Belton, candidate for Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace
n Judge Donald Engleking, 55, Bell County, incumbent for Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace
n Judge G.W. Ivey, 59, of Temple, incumbent for Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace
n Judge William Cooke, 53, of Killeen, incumbent for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace
n Nancy Boston, 66, of Lake Belton, incumbent for Republican Party county chairman
Boston said she was upbeat about the number of qualified candidates who were putting their names in the races.
Its very gratifying knowing they are comfortable filing on the Republican ticket, she said.
Bell County Democratic Party Chairman Arthur Resa said no Democratic candidates had filed for office as of late Monday.
Filing will continue until 6 p.m. Jan. 2.
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