By Wendy Gragg
Killeen Daily Herald
Candidate filing is still months off, but the race is already on for the District 54 Texas House seat.
Already out in the public eye are Dan Corbin, Killeen councilman, and Dr. Jimmie Don Aycock, Central Texas College trustee.
Aycock, 58, began notifying the media of his political intentions last weekend; Corbin, 57, publicly announced his plans Tuesday afternoon.
Their news comes on the heels of last weeks announcement by current District 54 Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, R-Lampasas, that she will not run for re-election.
Aycock, a Killeen resident, is a longtime veterinarian and businessman.
Corbin represents Killeen Ward 1 and is a practicing attorney.
Both men are Republican, but seem to have different agendas for seeking Hupps position.
Corbin, who will resign from his City Council seat Sept. 13 in order to run, said he is interested in the Legislatures decisions affecting local governments. He said he would like to get things changed before they are shoved down the throats of cities.
Otherwise, Corbin said he has no burning issues in mind, but he would like to address how school is operated, not just how it is financed.
I hope the education issue would be solved by the time I get on, he said.
Aycock has designs on being part of a more productive government. He said he wants to bring a more cooperative and peaceable spirit to the Texas Legislature.
The level of tension and turmoil is just greater than it should be in the Legislature right now, he said.
Aycock said hed like to use his command of budgets and numbers to work on real solutions regarding issues, such as school finance and state property taxes.
I know one guy cant do a lot, but at least I can do my part, he said.
There are rumblings of more interest in the District 54 seat, from as far away as Marble Falls. Like him, Aycock said, many people may have been waiting for Hupps goodbye to throw their hat in the ring.
Corbin said he has heard that as many as six people may run for Hupps seat.
I think it will be a vigorously contested race no doubt about that, Aycock said.
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