Five Lubbock city official positions are up for grabs this May election. District 4 has drawn particular interest. Back in 2000, Frank Morrison only had one opponent. So far this year, five people have picked up candidate packets for this position.
Chris Gallarneau is one man who has picked up a candidate packet. But he hasn't filed yet. Gallarneau says he interested in running because he wants to give Lubbock voters another option for District 4. "Because I understand there is some dissatisfaction with the current District 4 representative," Gallarneau said.
Two Lubbock citizens attempted to recall Councilman Frank Morrison during his first term in office. Once in October of 2002 for temporarily moving out of his district and another time just recently in lieu of the city manager search.
Neither one of those attempts were successful. "The fact that neither one generated enough signatures to initiate a recall election I believe my constituents chose to support me," said a confident Morrison.
However, Todd Overholser doesn't agree Morrison has the support. Overholser is running for District #4 and says he's running because of the fact two citizens have tried to recall Morrison. "I certainly think that's a great part of it. If people are going to recall my opponent, that's their business. I support their efforts because I tend to agree with them. However, that's not the focus of my campaign."
Morrison says he doesn't think the attempts to recall him will affect his campaign for the May election. Also, another council seat that's generated some interest. District two. That's currently held by T.J. Patterson and has been for 20 years. Patterson is facing five potential candidates. In the 2000 election, he had no opponents.
The deadline to file is March 15th.