Military vet eyes unseating Gohmert
Aug. 10, 2013 at 10 p.m.
Dr. Shirley McKellar announced on Saturday her bid to seek the Democratic nomination for the 2014 First Congressional District seat at the Harrison County courthouse.
Ms. McKellar, who describes herself as a "conservative democrat," hopes to run against Republican Louie Gohmert.
"It pains me so much that Louie Gohmert continually shows such a lack of respect for East Texans," she said. "I believe that to be a good leader you need to show respect, cooperation and humility, yet this congressman shows none of these qualities."
She added that while Gohmert's served he hasn't done anything productive for East Texas.
"He's been in Washington (D.C.) for five terms, he's not offered any bills that have brought anything real to East Texas such as jobs," she said. "So I'm going to be fighting for the greater good of all mankind and not just the wealthy. America is the United States of America not the Republican States of America or the Democrat States of America."
Dr. McKellar said she chose to announce her bid in Marshall because of how supportive the residents have been to her during her last run.
"I think Marshall reflects what East Texas really is, and that's the history and the resources," she said. "Marshall, Texas was very supportive of me in my run during 2012."
Dr. McKellar's platform is based on a number of things including the treatment of military veterans, education and senior citizens. She said after she was injured during her time in the Army and seeing how veterans were treated that she wanted be an aide in helping them.
"I have several things that interest me. The reason I decided to run, I am a retired veteran of the U.S. Army. I served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and I was actually injured during my service there and ended up spending over a year in the hospital in San Antonio and I saw a lot of things happen to veterans that I did not like so that actually pushed me to run for the seat," she said.
The slogan for her campaign is "The Boots are Back," which represents not only her time served in the military but also that it's time to return to working hard in Congress.
"The boots are back and this represents hard work and I'm very accustomed to hard work. I've always been taught that by my parents, by my grandparents, so they taught me a work ethic so I want to show 18-34 year olds how important they are because they are our future so I'm encouraging 18-34 to come out to make sure they get the education they want," Dr. McKellar said. "The boots are my military boots that I served in and they're very near and dear to my heart so I pulled them out to put them back to work again."