Precinct 3 Candidates Square Off in Debate - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/3/04

Precinct 3 Candidates Square Off in Debate

With early voting in the April 13th run-off election just one day away, incumbent Precinct 3 County Commissioner Gilbert Flores and opponent Ysidro Gutierrez met head to head for a final round of debate at Idalou Middle School.

Precinct 3, it's the largest precinct in Lubbock County, and two men, a seasoned politician and a retired U.S. Sergeant, each, fighting for his right to the seat.

Each candidate took the floor for their last chance to discuss issues affecting not only Precinct 3, but the entire county.

"I think it was a very good debate. We stayed on the issues, and I think that's important. We want voters to understand what it is they're voting for. My message is a message of hope for the future of Lubbock and Lubbock County based on the patterns and trends of the last 15 years in West Texas, and I think that was communicated to the voters," says Ysidro Gutierrez, candidate.

"I came here to address the people from Idalou, and the last thing I said in closing is I want them to understand. I don't want them to be misled like they were misled years ago before I took office," says Gilbert Flores, incumbent.

"I've watched Mr. Flores for the last 12 years, and I think he's made a tremendous improvement over our previous county commissioner that was here before," says Kirby Huffman, Precinct 3 voter.

Each candidate feels confident about the run-off.

"I feel very good about the election. I think we're going to do very well, and I think that, thanks to the volunteers that are working on the campaign, we're going to have a very good showing on April 13th," says Ysidro Gutierrez, candidate.

"The changes have been made. I'm a dreamer, too, and I enjoy planning for the future, and I enjoy being open minded, but then we have to be realistic," says Gilbert Flores, incumbent.

There is one thing that the candidates did agree upon, and that's the importance of voting. The run-off election is on April 13th, the winner will face Republican Frank Gutierrez in the November general election.

NewsChannel 11's Abner Euresti served as the moderator for Saturday's debate.

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