LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Monday marked the deadline for candidates to file to run for Lubbock City Council.
Last month Linda DeLeon announced she will not seek re-election. Three men will run for her District 1 seat in East Lubbock. NewsChannel 11 caught up with 2 of the candidates who say now is a vital time for the district.
"I'm running for this office because District 1 needs strong effective leadership," said Glen Robertson on Monday morning when he officially announced his run for City Council. Robertson owns 4 businesses in Lubbock, has served on 2 school boards, and was a member of the Ransom Canyon City Council.
His opponent, Victor Hernandez previously served 11 years on City Council before Linda DeLeon was elected to the District 1 seat. He is a veteran and an attorney.
Both candidates share many of the same concerns. First and foremost, they worry about the safety and urban decline of their neighborhoods.
"We have to address the increase in crime in our neighborhoods. The safety of our citizens and especially our children has to be priority number one," said Robertson.
"It's leaving an inner city, much like the cities of the East, and that's not good for any city," said Hernandez.
Robertson claims the solution is to find a way to recruit more police officers and stricter code enforcement. Hernandez thinks District 1 needs more of a commitment from the city.
"By just paying attention to what's going on in the neighborhoods and being supportive of them in terms of crime rate, in terms of housing rehabilitation," said Hernandez.
Both men also say District 1 needs an advocate who will fight for them.
"We have the same rights and the same needs for city services as the rest of the city. It's time that we stop ignoring North and East Lubbock," said Robertson.
"Sometimes we get so caught up as a city in the flash of the new parts of town that we tend to forget the older parts of town," said Hernandez.
The 3rd candidate in this race is Rafael Gutierrez. He filed just a few hours before the 5 p.m. deadline.
Current District 3 Councilman, Todd Klein is unopposed in his run for re-election.
John Leonard will not run for re-election in District 5. Karen Gibson and Stephan Lampman will run for that seat.
Mayor Tom Martin will run for re-election against Cody Smart, Richard Quade, and Roger Settler.
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