By Michelle Guffey

Killeen Daily Herald

Democratic congressional candidate Mary Beth Harrell attended the opening of the Bell County Democratic Campaign Headquarters in downtown Killeen on Tuesday.

Arthur Resa, chairman of the Democratic Party of Bell County, said the upcoming elections will be interesting.

"We're down to the last leg to get the vote out," he told the crowd of candidates and supporters. "We went after real people and got them on our ballots."

Resa said he has noticed people in Bell County are interested in this election because they want to have a choice, saying that up until now the county has had people in office who have had their own agendas.

Harrell, a Killeen attorney, told the crowd that people are very excited because they crave change.

"They want an independent government and an independent Congress," she said, commenting that the government is failing to do its job.

The former city prosecutor urged people not to worry about party affiliations at election time, but to get out and vote for the most qualified candidate.

Harrell is running against incumbent John Carter, R-Round Rock, and Libertarian Matt McAdoo of Thrall for the District 31 seat.

Harrell was joined by candidates Edward Lindsay, running for state representative for District 54; Bill Smith, running for state representative, District 55; Rosa Hernandez, seeking the county clerk's seat; Brit Owens, running for Precinct 2 county commissioner; and Melissa Hunter, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, Place 2 candidate.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 election is Oct. 10.

The Democratic Party Headquarters is at 304 N. Second St. in Killeen and will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. An office already is open in downtown Belton.

The Republican Party Headquarters opened a week ago in Harker Heights and is located at 546 Farm-to-Market 2410.

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