...Four Republicans are jousting to replace the retiring Krusee: Bryan Daniel, 37, a Georgetown insurance executive and former congressional aide; John Gordon, 61, a Round Rock engineer, an ex-GOP county chairman and a gadfly with a long history of community battles; Dee Hobbs, 32, a prosecutor from Hutto; and Viv Sullivan, 55, a Round Rock school trustee and neighborhood activist who lives in Austin.
...Viv SullivanViv Sullivan's
opposition to the proposed tolling of U.S. 183 between McNeil Road and RM 620 got her
into politics.She became president of the Neighborhood Association of Southwestern Williamson County to defeat that proposal.
In 2005, her
opposition to Round Rock school bonds prompted her
to run for the school board.As a trustee she helped pass a bond package that financed more schools for less money.She
is the only candidate who's been elected, set tax rates, paid down debt and passed public policy.
"I have a record," she
said."Everything I promised running for the school board, I did."
A self-described Army brat, Sullivan
has lived and worked in Europe and Latin America and speaks Spanish and French.In the 1970s, she was an FBI agent.She has a master's degree in communications from the University of Texas and works part time for Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit that provides food to the needy.Her
campaign theme is "empowering taxpayers, protecting our borders and advancing education."She
says the state's share of public education money is not keeping up with the needs of fast-growing districts like Round Rock's.She
criticizes the "shell game" of the state cutting property tax rates and then forcing Round Rock to raise taxes.She
says the Legislature needs to update its cost-of-living formulas for schools and stop creating unfunded mandates.She
supports government-sponsored children's health insurance but adds that many other state programs should be eliminated because they are not working.She
opposed the state bonds for cancer research, saying, "When did we have government curing a disease?"She
wants to deport illegal immigrants convicted of crimes and pass parental responsibility laws and believes the board members of regional mobility authorities should be elected, not appointed.
"A toll is a tax," she