Most years no one wanted to bother running against Bob Hunter. It wasn't worth the time and effort. Bob has been such a respected state representative that he always cruised through elections--with or without opponents. Bob was never afraid to cross political boundaries to support important causes. This year he isn't running for reelection because he's battling prostate cancer. So my friend Mel Hailey has tossed his hat in the ring. Mel will soon know who his opponent is. There are four good candidates in the Republican primary. And if Susan King happens to slip past Rob Beckham (who's surely the favorite to win), Mel will have to work to get Diane's vote. Diane, like many public school teachers, is a big fan of Susan. She has worked hard, following in the tradition of Betty Davis, to be an advocate for both students and teachers in the Abilene Independent School District. Of course one other possibility is that Beckham and King could split a lot of the same voting constituency, and one of the other two candidates (John Young and Kevin Christian--both of whom are impressive) could forge ahead. Or what if the three Abilene candidates (Beckham, King, Christian) split the Abilene vote, and Young carried Sweetwater? My guess? Mel will be facing Rob Beckham. But whoever wins will be filling the position of a very good state rep! Thanks, Bob Hunter, for these many years of service to our district.