Bell County Democrats now have a race on their hands.
On Wednesday, veteran John Driver of Killeen filed to run for Bell County Precinct 4 Commissioner — a position currently occupied by Republican incumbent John Fisher.
Driver, 64, said he was compelled to run because when he looks at the precinct, which covers Killeen and the southwest corner of Bell County, he sees that families are in need of better jobs.
Most of the jobs, he said, are based around low-wage jobs at fast food restaurants and retail outlets. As commissioner, Driver wants to help attract better-paying industries to Precinct 4 so that families can better take care of themselves.
Driver said he has nothing against Fisher, who is seeking his fifth and final term as commissioner — a position that pays $74,518 annually. However, Driver said the county would benefit from a new pair of eyes.
“I think we need a fresher, newer outlook of the area,” Driver said. “I think anybody who stays in any office too long, they become complacent and they just don’t look at new ideas.”
The world, including Bell County and Killeen, are constantly changing, Driver said. That means leaders need to be looking for new ideas and listening to their constituents on what they need and want for the community, Driver said.
Driver spent 30 years in the military, concluding the last six years of his service at Fort Hood. After retiring from the military, Driver worked at Fort Hood Family Housing, the military family housing community at the post.
Driver currently sits on two committees with the city of Killeen and is involved with the Parent-Teacher Association at his grandchild’s school.
Driver will face businessman and fellow veteran Louie Minor in the Democratic primary on March 6.
Driver said they’ve been friends for years. When Driver found out about Minor’s bid for commissioner, he told him congratulations, Driver said.
Minor said the voters of Precinct 4 will be well served by either him or Driver.
Bell County Democrats chair Chris Rosenberg said she’s pleased and proud to see Democrats stepping up to run in 2018.
“Bell County deserves a commissioner who cares about the quality of life of everyone in the county,” Rosenberg said. “Both of our Democratic candidates have dedicated themselves to service in this community. Their imperative will be to serve the needs of every Bell County citizen.”