Anderson holds late lead over MabryNov. 3, 2004
By KIM SKINNER, contributor
With both campaign teams gathered around the television Tuesday night, Charles "Doc" Anderson was leading John Mabry by a 53-46 percent lead with 75 percent of precincts reporting in the race for the House District 56 state representative, which covers 75 percent of McLennan County.
"I told Mabry when he won that office [in 2002] not to get too attached to it because this county is more than 70 percent Republican and if we hadn't had problems in the last primary we would have won," M.A. Taylor, the Republican county chairman said "Anderson is an excellent candidate."
"Win or lose the sun is going to come up; we will go forward, Texas will go forward and the country go forward," Mabry said.
Early October, Mabry and other Texas Democrats charged Republican candidate Anderson of taking illegal campaign funds from corporations, instead of individual donations.
"It doesn't matter whether it was from an old friend or if it was just an honest mistake. Whether it was a clerical error, it's illegal, plain and simple," Mabry said in an October 12 article of the Waco Tribune-Herald.
Anderson said he placed a personal contribution under the business-owner's name and that it was an innocent mistake.
"Mabry cannot talk about the issues so he attacked his opponent. I think the public can see through it," he said.
Anderson's campaign gathered at Peking Chinese Restaurant and Mabry's campaign gathered at Buzzard Billy's at 208 S. University Parks Drive in Waco.
"When I moved to Texas I was really interested in politics and got plugged into the Young Conservatives of Texas," Courtney Forsell, Santa Barbara, Calif., senior said. "Their main focus is the primary election during which I interviewed Doc Anderson the first time he ran. I think Anderson ran a good race I think he was the best candidate and I think McLennan County voters recognize that judging by the poll."
Kristen Thurmand, a recent Southwest Texas University graduate and volunteer for the Mabry campaign said her family always has been involved with democratic politics. She said she wanted to support and help a democrat she believes in.
Anderson ran for state representative in 2002, the year Mabry was elected to this office, but he did not receive the republican nomination.
"It has been an honor to serve in the Texas house and a privilege to represent the people of McLennan County, and I'm proud of the job I've done," Mabry said late Tuesday night.
Anderson was optimistic as the night went on.
"It has been slower than I like to see it, but when it is all said and done I know it will be right," Anderson said. "Both campaigns have worked really hard."
State representative Mabry was elected "Freshman of the Year" by both parties of the Texas House of Representatives. Mabry is a third generation McLennan county resident. He attended both Baylor University and Baylor Law School. Mabry also served on the board of the Baylor Waco Foundation in 2003-2004. He said this a very positive experience, saying it was great to continue being involved with his alma matter and the community as a whole.
Raised in West, Anderson became a practicing veterinarian in 1981 and opened Anderson Veterinary Hospital in Waco in 1983 where he continues to work today. He attended Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine, where he was class president for three years. Before attending college, Anderson served in the military for four years. Laura Barth and Megan Jannise contributed to this report.