LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Saturday, May 8th is Election Day and the race for one City Council seat could make Lubbock history.
The single-district system that Lubbock currently has in place started in 1984. Since then, a Hispanic has always held the District 1 seat. First, Maggie Trejo represented the district. Then, Victor Hernandez, who is running again in this election, held the seat. Most recently, voters picked Linda DeLeon as District 1 representative.
Two of the candidates in the District 1 race have said they don't want ethnicity to be an issue in this election. Glen Robertson, if elected, would become the first Anglo representative to hold the seat for his district. Robertson believes that he's at a disadvantage because he doesn't have a Hispanic last name on the ballot. "It's a hurdle and it shouldn't be that way, but it still is with a small percentage of people," said Robertson.
Robertson also says if elected he feels he will represent his district well, "I just don't think that the color of skin has an effect on issues with crime and urban decay and equitable distribution of city resources."
Victor Hernandez says he doesn't think voters should make their decision based on race, "I don't believe it should be an issue at all." Hernandez thinks he's qualified whether he's Hispanic or not. "I'm running on my qualifications. I'm an attorney. I'm well educated. I have military experience," he said.
Both Robertson and Hernandez say most importantly they want everyone to get out and vote.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 also called candidate Rafael Guitierrez but could not reach him.
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