In a little more than one week, State Highway 130 will open. Caldwell County leaders believe that roadway we be the catalyst of future growth.
Candidates for Commissioner in both Precinct 1 and 3 all agree that that is one of the biggest issues facing the county.
Republican Todd Smith and Democrat Alfredo Munoz are running to be Precinct 1 Commissioner.
"Growth is inevitable. Prosperity is optional,” Smith said. “We can kind of help mold that growth. I don't want Caldwell County to be just a bedroom community to Austin."
With no incumbent, both candidates say they have the skills for the job.
"I want to make the government more transparent,” Munoz said. “I think at this time the community's not quite sure what's going on at commissioner's court."
Democrat Neto Madrigal is the Precinct 3 Commissioner, and he says he'll continue to stand up for tax payers.
"We got a lot of work to do and most of all we need to make sure that the taxpayer's dollars are not being wasted like they are being now," he said.
His opponent, Republican Kathy Haigler, says she will put in the time needed to serve the people in the precinct.
"I'm ready to work full-time for the people and I'm ready to give them the constituent services that they've been looking for," she said.
Along with new roadways, thousands of homes have been planned for the area. Early voting begins Oc. 22 at the Scott Annex in Lockhart. Election Day is Nov. 6.