By Don Bolding

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS Mem-bers of the Central Texas Home-builders Association picked two of their favorite political candidates as judges of their annual chili cookoff Thursday night.

Bell County Precinct 4 Commis-sioner John Fisher, defending his post against Republican challengers Doyle Dickens and Maureen Jouett in the March 7 primaries, told about 50 members and guests at the homebuilders meeting room that every vote counts. Vote on the candidates your political action committee endorses. We have people fighting in Iraq right now for our rights, and we need to exercise those rights.

The other candidate/chili judge was Shelley Coston, facing Trudy Stuart for county clerk in the Republican primary. She was also called to the podium but said little except to thank the political action committee (HOME-PAC) for its endorsement.

HOME-PAC also has endorsed County Judge Jon Burrows for re-election against Republican primary challenger John Galligan and Republicans Dan Corbin and Jimmie Don Aycock in the race for the District 54 legislative seat being vacated by Rep. Suzanna Hupp.

HOME-PAC chairman Don Farek, who was the third chili judge, said, We feel that either would represent our interests well. We think one of the two will be in a runoff.

The group offered contributions to both; Corbin declined his offer.

The PAC is open to all interested association members. At the next meeting on March 16, Farek said, HOME-PAC hopes to host a member of the Texas Association of Builders PAC to explain what it does in national elections, where local organizations make no endorsements.

Farek said, This locality has an awful reputation when it comes to voting. The two candidates from Marble Falls (Republicans Hans Dersch and Dale Hopkins, both seeking Hupps position) have said they dont even campaign here because the election wont be decided here. We need to change that.

The judges picked the chili offered by First State Home Loan of Harker Heights as the winner in a field of six. Land Exchange Abstract and Title of Killeen and Copperas Cove had the best table.

Association President Jamie Clark of Copperas Cove asked committee chairman Michael Linnemann of Killeen to announce the Parade of Homes would be held during the middle two weekends in May.

This is a chance to advertise in a book and support this project for a very nominal price, Linnemann said. I hope everyone will support it.

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