District 14 Candidate spends Election Day walking area he wants to serve

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - A local candidate for the Texas House spent his last campaign day walking to two very different parts of the district he wants to serve.

Democrat Josh Wilkinson walked from Castlegate in College Station to Castle Heights in North Bryan, a distance of about 15 miles.

"I'm doing this to illustrate that I will represent both Castle Heights and Castlegate. You know they're both in my district and I plan to be responsive to both of them," said Wilkinson, (D) - Texas House District 14 Candidate.

He's concerned residents in Caste Heights could lose their polling place in the future.

“It’s always a concern of county commissioners court to save money and we hate to see them chop a polling place from a neighborhood that needs it as much as Castle Heights needs," he said.

"We're there to bolster their numbers to show it's a needed polling place and they shouldn't shut it down for any reason," said Wilkinson, who planned to vote there after his walk.

He had a small group of supporters follow him on the route including Rob Vargas who performed on their hike and at lunch.

"Get out there and vote guys. I mean this is your, your voices need to be heard," said Vargas.

"I encourage everyone to go out there and voice their opinion," he said.

His opponent, incumbent Republican John Raney says he's working to represent all of the district too.

"I think I've always done that. I have friends on both sides of the aisle. I talk to people who have common interest. I don't care whether they're Republican or Democrat. We need to work on issues and solving issues rather than fighting the political wars," said State Rep. John Raney, (R) - District 14.

"We've done a great job in Brazos County. We had a lot of people work really, really hard, and they've laid the foundation for this success and it couldn't happen without their hard work," said Wilkinson regarding the record numbers at the polls this election season.

Brazos County Election officials tell us there has been discussion about moving the polling place from Castle Heights.

No final decision has been made.