Central Texas state House race goes down to the wire

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The two candidates for a contested Central Texas state House race spent a final day campaigning Monday.

Republican Brad Buckley (left) and Democrat Kathy Richerson are hoping to succeed one-term Republican incumbent Scott Cosper in the Texas House. (Photos by Alex Cano)

Republican Brad Buckley, a Killeen veterinarian who defeated one-term incumbent Scott Cosper in the GOP runoff in May, is facing Democrat Kathy Richerson, a retired real estate broker.

“I've spent the last five months meeting with community members and community leaders throughout the district,” Buckley said.

If elected, Buckley says he will work to create more jobs and find better ways to fund our schools.

“It's going to be to reform the school finance system which in turn will help us reform our property tax system,” Buckley said.

With just a few hours remaining before the polls open, Buckley says there's still a lot of work to be done.

“We are knocking on doors today, handshake-to-handshake, just sprinting to the finish,” Buckley said.

Buckley is a former Killeen School Board member, but this is Richerson’s first foray into politics.

“This is my first time running for office and I've had so much fun,” Richerson said.

If elected Richerson says she will fight health care cuts and help small businesses.

“I would like to see our Texas state government fund small businesses,” Richerson said.

Richerson says she would like to encourage more women to run for office.

“I belong to some women's groups and I hope this election we will elect some women,” Richerson said.

Buckley’s watch party will be at the Bell County Expo Center starting at 6 p.m.

Richerson will be in Austin at the Driskill Hotel.