Hernandez looks to future of District 1 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/14/10

Hernandez looks to future while election is still unofficial

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - By only a handful of votes, Victor Hernandez unofficially won the district one city council seat. Just ten votes separated Hernandez from opponent Glen Robertson.

On Monday we have learned Robertson is not requesting a recount, but the election is not final yet. "We do have the issue of the military ballot. The federal post card ballots that are out, by law they need to be in by 5 p.m. on Thursday and the ballot board win convene at 4:30 on Thursday and we'll find out Thursday evening," said Becky Garza, Lubbock City Secretary.

The city secretary says about 50 military ballots are still outstanding, which could potentially change the outcome of this race, but Hernandez is already looking to the future and his hopes for district one. "Our first reaction was we won," said Hernandez.

With just a ten vote difference, Victor Hernandez is no stranger to the dais. He previously served from 1993 - 2004, and if he is sworn in on Friday, he already has a plan in mind. "When I was on council before we had 11 active neighborhood associations, we're down to three, I think we need to get more community involvement, so that will be the primary focus for probably the first year," said Hernandez.

Hernandez says while being the leader of such a diverse district, it's the common goals that brings everyone together. "Whether you live in Hillcrest Country Club or Arnett Benson, you want a stable neighborhood because that in turn means low crime rate, that means good looking homes where people feel good in living, it means that you can afford to pay your utilities, it means parks that you feel good about sending your children to," said Hernandez.

The swearing in ceremony is set for this Friday, but that will depend on whether or not the military vote changes the election outcome.

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