By Robert Nathan
Killeen Daily Herald
Candidates vying for contested positions in the Nov. 7 general election discussed how they will represent the Korean community during a political forum at the Yank Sing Restaurant on Thursday.
The political forum was hosted by the One Spirit Exchange Club of Killeen, a group of Korean-American business professionals who strive to make America a better place through community service projects.
With 12 days left until election day, the organization invited candidates for U.S. Congress, the Texas House of Representatives, and countywide races to help get out the vote.
Early voting ends Nov. 3.
After each candidate briefly introduced themselves and addressed their platform, Paul Liu of the Exchange Club asked how they will better represent the Korean community.
Liu said the Korean community must be represented because its members are instrumental to the business community in the greater Killeen-Fort Hood area and make up a strong portion of its population.
None of the eight participants directly answered Liu's question as it was presented, but said they will strive to represent the entire community without focusing on a single ethnic group. All candidates praised the Koreans for their contribution to the Killeen community.
"I don't see color, race or somebody's religion," said Edward Lindsay, the Democratic challenger for District 54 State Representative. "I look at the color of a person's heart."
Lindsay said he will represent the Korean community by helping them adjust to the society in which they live.
Lindsay's opponent, Republican Jimmy Don Aycock did not attend the forum.
Killeen attorney Dan Corbin spoke for Aycock and for Republican Dianne White Delisi, who is seeking re-election in the District 55 Texas House of Representatives race.
Delisi's opponent Bill Smith said the Koreans' positive attitude and contribution towards society should be brought into Texas schools.
Democrat congressional candidate Mary Beth Harrell said she would represent the entire community by constantly representing people's needs.
Harrell's opponents, U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, and Libertarian Matt McAdoo of Thrall, did not attend the forum.
Candidates for Bell County Commissioner's Court, Precinct 2 – Republican Tim Brown and his Democratic challenger Britt Owen – both praised the county for its diversity. They both agreed the Korean community was instrumental in Bell County's economic success.
Bell County District Clerk candidates Republican Shelly Coston and Democrat Rosa Hernandez participated in the forum. Democrat Bree Buchanan, vying for the Third Court of Appeals, also participated.
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