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."