The centerpiece of Driver’s campaign is shaping up to be the economic development of Precinct 4 — which covers most of Killeen and the southwest corner of the county.
“I look at Belton and Temple, their industry is constantly growing. What about Killeen?” Driver said.
Killeen is too reliant on the military, Driver said. The candidate wants Bell County’s largest city to attract more businesses that stay and grow.
Driver pointed to the new $30 million chemical plant that MGC Pure Chemicals is building in Killeen as an example of industry that needs to come to the precinct. While he understands people’s concerns about the plant, Driver said this is what Killeen needs.
Once complete, the Killeen Economic Development Corp. estimates the plant will generate about $2.25 million in benefits for a decade.
“We need to be looking at what industries that can be placed that will draw the businesses from Austin, Georgetown and all that rather than those people just moving here,” Driver said.
Driver wants to see Bell County re-secure the water it lost when Georgetown appropriated the Chisholm Trail Special Utility District, a now-defunct rural water supplier.
“They’re not just going to give it back to us,” Driver said. “It’s going to take some maneuvering. It’s going to take some state action. I feel positive that we can get that back.”
Fisher has been leading the charge on the Chisholm Trail issue for years. Driver said the commissioner’s efforts are admirable.
Thank you to Jacob Sanchez for interviewing me for this piece about how I plan to re-energize Economic Growth in Bell County.