KCBD NewsChannel 11 and the League of Women Voters are teaming up to bring you a series of candidate forums in advance of Lubbock's May elections.
Friday night, the candidates for Lubbock Mayor were in our studio to answer questions from viewers and from the Lubbock League of Women voters.
Candidate information provided by the Lubbock League of Women Voters.
Web Site: tommartinformayor.com
Education: Lubbock HS, class of 1966 BA, Journalism, 1970, Texas Tech MPA, Public Administration, 1977, Texas Tech
Web Site: www.glenformayor.com
Education: 1976 Graduate Monterey High School, Lubbock Attended Texas Tech University 1976 - 1978
Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office:
Tom Martin: Lubbock is my home town. I was educated at Lubbock High and Texas Tech, and my family is here. That background gives me the foundation to understand our people and our needs. I am a retired police chief, and city councilman, and currently serve as mayor.
Glen Robertson: I have 34 years of private business experience. I am currently the President of Robertson Bonded Warehouse, Inc., the owner of Hillcrest County Club and the owner of Robertson Investments. I have served on two school boards, one city council and numerous appointed boards and commissions.
Do you see the need for Lubbock to plan for new sources of water to ensure supply for the next fifty years?
Tom Martin: Lubbock has a 100-year water plan. It is continually updated to take into account changes in State and Federal regulations and changing conditions. With changes in our climate and the doubling of our state's population in the next 25 years, there is no such thing as "too much water supply". Our largest new source of water in the next 50 years will be recycling our waste water.
Glen Robertson: Yes, we need to not only continue to look for new water sources, we need to find more ways to conserve water. We cannot become complacent about water even with staff predicting that we have a 100 year supply.
How can the city continue funding to provide quality health services?
Tom Martin: So much of our direct health care is federally and state funded, and as these funds are continually cut, we will have to consolidate services with other providers in the community. The duplication of services can no longer be funded by all levels of government. I am confident that Lubbock will come up with solutions involving the public and private sector.
Glen Robertson: We need to make sure that staff understands that public health is a core city service. Public health should be given the same importance as Police, Fire and other core city services. City Council needs to get more involved in the budget process instead on giving all of the responsibility to staff. This will insure that the right priority is given to public health.