In the News: A Blue Island?

In the News: A Blue Island?

"When asked about the potential historic nature of his election, Driver said, “It doesn’t mean jack.”

“I’m another person. Whether we’re Republican, Democrat or Independent we all put our pants on the same way,” the Army veteran said. “I work for the people. If being a Democrat has some significance on the Commissioners Court, please tell me. I don’t look at that. I look at the person.”

If recent elections are an indicator, Driver may have a shot at flipping this seat.

Much of Precinct 4 — which includes most of Killeen and southwest Bell County — is a Democratic stronghold.

Killeen, the precinct’s anchor city, is a blue island in Republican-dominated Bell County. Democrat Hillary Clinton won 14 of the voting precincts in the Killeen area during the 2016 presidential election."

In the News: Driver wins Democratic Pct. 4 Commissioner Nomination

In the News: Driver wins Democratic Pct. 4 Commissioner Nomination

"John Driver defeated Louie Minor with 54 percent of the vote Tuesday in the race to determine the Democratic candidate for Bell County Precinct 4 Commissioner.

Republican incumbent John Fisher was unopposed on the GOP ticket.

Driver logged a 30-year career in the military before retiring to work for Fort Hood Family Housing. He was unavailable for comment by press time.

Also a veteran, Louie Minor was raised in Belton now lives in Killeen where he runs his family’s construction business.

Driver recorded 839 votes to Minor’s 711. After early voting results showed Driver polling at 60 percent, Minor realized he faced an uphill climb."

Read the full article by Cody Weems in the Temple Daily Telegram.

In the News: Driver hoping growth issues propel him into Commissioners Court

In the News: Driver hoping growth issues propel him into Commissioners Court

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.

In the News: Veteran enters Democratic Primary for County Commissioner

In the News: Veteran enters Democratic Primary for County Commissioner

"On Wednesday, veteran John Driver of Killeen filed to run for Bell County Precinct 4 Commissioner — a position currently occupied by Republican incumbent John Fisher.

Driver, 64, said he was compelled to run because when he looks at the precinct, which covers Killeen and the southwest corner of Bell County, he sees that families are in need of better jobs.

Most of the jobs, he said, are based around low-wage jobs at fast food restaurants and retail outlets. As commissioner, Driver wants to help attract better-paying industries to Precinct 4 so that families can better take care of themselves."