Local congressional challenger holds rally in Killeen

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) MJ Hegar, a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran who hopes to unseat veteran Republican U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, a rally Thursday in Killeen.

The Democrat, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, and Killeen City Councilwoman Shirley Fleming, urged supporters to get out and vote.

Hegar says one of her priorities is to help veterans and their families.

“The economy and job creation affect veterans as well,” she said.

“I would say there are some veterans-specific issues like health care. We need to do something about how we handle mental health issues,” she said.

“There is a lot that we can do but the economy and access to affordable health care not just for them, but for families that might not qualify for VA healthcare, is a top priority,” Hegar said.

Hegar also lunched with veterans near Fort Hood.

Carter has represented the district that includes most of the post since 2003.