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CANDIDATE FORUM: City Council, District 6

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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 Thursday, April 26, Latrelle Joy and Randy Sanders 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.

Latrelle Joy

Web Site: www.latrellejoyforlubbock.com

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas Tech University; Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University

Questions:

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

A: Senior Partner in law firm with offices in Lubbock, Amarillo and Dallas; trained mediator and collaborative lawyer. Member: Downtown TIF Board, 2011 Lubbock Homelessness Committee; United Way Homeless Oversight Committee; Lubbock Girls' Basketball Board; Lubbock Rotary Club and Garrison Society.

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

A: The Alan Henry pipeline and the water rights in Roberts County are evidence of steps taken to provide water for Lubbock. Constant vigilance is important because unknown factors of drought, increased water consumption by new industry, population growth and possible regulation by the state may affect our ability to have adequate water. We must seek water sources at a reasonable cost and include expenses tied to transporting it to us.

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

A: Citizen health, safety and welfare are important issues. The Health Department must prevent the spread of diseases, ensure safe food services and be prepared to address the threat of bio-terrorism. By cooperating and forging a partnership with the County and UMC, we can avoid duplication and provide for efficient delivery of services. Appropriate agreements and infrastructure must be in place to take advantage of federal funds.

Randy Sanders

Web Site: sandersforlubbock.com

YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/v/lJZluoO0LYs

Education: Texas Tech University, 1988, Bachelor of General Studies (Political Science, History, Sociology emphasis)

Questions:

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

A: Long newspaper career, mostly as an editor, gives me unique experience (and vantage point) to know and understand issues. I followed city issues for years and was involved in bringing many to the attention of citizens. As AJ editor, I worked closely with all factions to help resolve problems.

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

A: We have the supply to last 50 years--getting it here is the issue. It will be expensive. We need to be working on more than 50 years; look at how quickly Lake Meredith dried up. This is a semi-arid land that requires a different mindset on water usage. We need innovative thinking to develop conservation and reclamation programs that will provide the water needs to sustain our population growth into the next century.

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

A: Quality health service is technically not the sole responsibility of the city. However, the city should work in cooperation, when possible, with the state, county, school districts, hospital district and our outstanding health-care providers to ensure that the less-fortunate of our community do not go without quality health care and education. We need to ensure that we are not unnecessarily duplicating services.

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