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CANDIDATE FORUM: Lubbock City Council, District 4

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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.

On Tuesday, April 24, Paul Beane, Jim Gerlt, and Dwight Fullingim were in our studio to answer questions from viewers and from the Lubbock League of Women voters.

Information provided by the Lubbock League of Women Voters.

Paul R. Beane

Education: Greenville High School

Questions:

Q: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office.

A: Several things make me uniquely qualified. My previous 4 years of service on the council and 4 decades of closely observing the operation of our city as a broadcaster, my service to the community on numerous boards and commissions, and 41 years of business ownership.

Q: Do you see the need for Lubbock to plan for new sources of water to ensure supply for the next fifty years?

A: This question surprised me the most. In the summer of 2011 CRMWA, (of which Lubbock is a major member city) purchased an additional 211,000 acres of water rights from billionaire T. Boone Pickens. This brings CRMWA's panhandle water rights to over 400,000 acres, and coupled with Lubbock's Lake Alan Henry, and our 82,000 acres of water rights in Bailey County assures Lubbock water for the next 100 years plus.

Q: How can the city continue funding to provide quality health services?

A: The charter requires the city to operate a health department. Funding will be a challenge in these days of disappearing state and federal grants but recent operational changes have shown we are up to the task.

The Lubbock Board of Health and city staffers are working daily to make our health department more effective while reducing unnecessary costs.

Dwight Fullingim

Web Site: www.DwightForLubbock.com

Education: BA Degree, Texas Tech

Graduate work, University of Texas

Graduate work, Texas Tech

Rice University, Summer Publications Certificate

Fed Election Commission, Tng Program Formation PACs

Questions:

Q: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office. (300 characters,approximately 50 words)

A: Executive-level corporate experience (Aramco, world's largest oil company--15 years). Researched/analyzed complicated operations & financial data to create strategic plans & initiatives. Then, consultant (2.5 years) to 3rd largest chemicals corp to communicate research, growth plans. Higher ed comms

Q: Do you see the need for Lubbock to plan for new sources of water to ensure supply for the next fifty years?

A: Water avail will limit growth if not anticipated & planned. Big danger will result from handling of project contracts with too much political influence (cronyism) as in the past instead of professional scope-of-work documentation and first-rate project mgt. Criteria for project awards should be transparent and agreed in advance of sending out proposal requests. City Govt needs to create a compelling narrative about need for projects & how met.

Q: How can the city continue funding to provide quality health services?

A: How do fat people make love? They find a way! Get priorities straight, work with all health provider organizations for input and coordination (and don't make list of orgs we don't like or work nicely with), use City professional staff to research/analyze past services & recommend reasonable service and funding levels with attached budget line item that can be cut. Try to restrain indiv Council Membs grandstanding on cuts or health services.

Jim Gerlt

Education: Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and Christianity; Master of Divinity

Questions:

Q: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office.

A: Responsibilities include leading my employers, establishing direction (vision), building consensus, establishing and living within a budget, hiring and overseeing staff, mediating conflict, and constructing facilities while championing our organization.

Q: Do you see the need for Lubbock to plan for new sources of water to ensure supply for the next fifty years?

A: All options for water, including reclamation of waste water, should be considered. Feasibility studies must be done to identify potential sources of additional surface water. Experts say we have water for 100 years, but experts said Lake Meredith would last until 2020. Planning today can avoid another future water crisis.

Q: How can the city continue funding to provide quality health services?

A: Communication must be a priority. People won't fund what they don't understand. Find a way to partner with the County and UMC. Minimize facilities cost by utilizing satellite locations at charitable organizations. Network with school nurses as an early warning system and first line of defense against outbreaks of diseases. Listen to the medical community for ways they will get involved in bettering our community.

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