To the Editor:

Kudos to the Killeen Daily Herald leadership for hosting and running an excellent Texas State Representative (District 54) candidate forum on Monday.

The Killeen Civic and Conference Center meeting hall was set up appropriately and had an excellent sound system.

The forum started on time, all four candidates had a chance to respond to all the questions, response time was monitored to ensure fairness, and the questions all dealt with local “Hot Button” issues.  

The forum was well advertised in advance and well attended by local people interested in hearing what all four candidates had to say.

All the candidates were treated fairly and with courtesy.  I thought all the candidates were well prepared save one.

All the questions were presented to the forum and seemed to be of interest to the audience. The audience was attentive and respectful.

Each candidate got to make an opening and closing statement.

To me, it was like a good night spent with friends and neighbors who are interested in their community.  

It sure was a vivid contrast to the dissent we see in our nation’s capital. Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil is credited with saying, “all politics is local.”

I am not sure the folks we sent to Washington, D.C., to represent us understand how local politics works anymore.

 They should have attended this forum!  

Well done, Killeen Daily Herald and Daily Herald staff.  

George Van Riper

Harker Heights

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