On the Road with Randy Neugebauer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/23/03

On the Road with Randy Neugebauer

Twelve thousand miles and counting. That's how much of the South Plains he's covered in just a matter of days. "This is the part I enjoy the most getting out and talking to them and some of the most wonderful people in the world," says Neugebauer.

On Friday NewsChannel 11 joined District 19 Congressional Candidate Randy Neugebauer in Brownfield. A small town with big concerns for their future in agriculture.

"We've had a very strong representation in the last 18 years with Larry Combest and I don't think we'll find someone who will replace him quickly but we need someone who potentially can do that. I believe Randy's that man," says Doyle Welch of Brownfield.

"We believe in what he's doing," says Jack Cargill of Brownfield.

"We still have issues with the farm bill. There are some who would like to change or re-open the farm bill. For West Texas' sake we don't need that to happen," says Doyle.

After coffee at JB's, it's on to Plains, where Randy was greeted with smiles and handshakes and concerns from farmers voiced wall to wall.

"The farm bill has just passed and that's very important to us. The defending is important in the upcoming years," says Rickey Bearden of Plains.

"I know how important it is to keep the bill intact. I know how important it is to have fair and free trade for our producers in this area," says Neugebauer.

After a luncheon in Plains it was on to City Bank in Morton. Citizens here agree, support for agriculture and small businesses are the biggest issues in this race.

"We're strictly agriculture. We need somebody that understands the farmers needs, the farmers are having a hard time and we need all the help we can get," says James Dewbre of Morton.

"West Texas is primarily small businesses and most of the jobs in West Texas are created by our small businesses people and I'm the guy because I'm one of them," says Neugebauer.

"You have to be a good businessman to run the business of our country," says Steve Shields of Morton.

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