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CANDIDATE FORUM: County Commissioner, Precinct 3

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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 Monday, May 7, Richard Calvillo, Gilbert Flores and Bubba Sedeno 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.

Richard Calvillo

Party: Democrat

Education: 1986 Graduate, Tahoka High School, Tahoka, Texas

1986-1987 Attended Lubbock Christian University

1989 Graduate, Dallas Institute of Funeral Services, Dallas, TX

2006 Professional Career Development, Paralegal Certification

Questions:

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

A: As a business owner since 1992, I understand how important it is to work within a budget. County government is no different in that it too must operate within a budget. The primary role of the County Commissioner is to set the operating budget for the county; and in doing so, remain very good stewards of the tax payer's money.

Q: What is the most important issue facing Lubbock County at this time? How do you plan to deal with it?

A: Keeping taxes as low as possible for it's citizens, period. By examining the budget very carefully and trimming excess where possible, in addition to, reducing or eliminating any duplication of services which may exist.

Q: How should the county address the issue of working with the city of Lubbock to provide health services?

A: The county and the city must have a relationship, which allows it's employees to have access to healthcare that is cost effective. County employees were recently blind-sided by the current Commissioners in the form of additional taxes of their earnings for health insurance. It's not apparent this decision was evaluated carefully enough to determine it's effect on employees

Gilbert A. Flores

Party: Democrat

Education: Graduated Slaton High School attend Texas Tech University, served on numerous Boards and Commissions

Questions:

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

A: A Lubbock County Commissioner - 16 years; owner Gilbert's Auto Supply 30years, Chairman Texas Hispanic Commissioners & County Judges Association; VP West Texas Commissioners & CJ Association. College Texas Tech University. 228 credit hours Texas Local Government education, and served on over thirty -five City, County, State Committees and Commissions.

Q: What is the most important issue facing Lubbock County at this time? How do you plan to deal with it?

A: Balancing the county's budget. Good bs mgmt decisions.i.e.keep the tax rate stable;review Health coverage for our employees; VoterID Bill suppression of voters request to vote; Natl Hlth Coverage effects on UMC; LCDC-wk on federal inmate population;Rds dept issues fuel costs. Team work and all around hard work is how you deal with it

Q: How should the county address the issue of working with the city of Lubbock to provide health services?

A: County has the best interest of our ctzns. we work with the city on committees & commissions; planning & Zoning,MPO,N&E Lubb Committee, N. Overton TIF Enterprise Zones,I27 Corridor.Cnty has been instrumental in providing Health svcs through UMC Hospital over 70 million for indigent svcs.Cnty's general asst. dept. provides svcs 465Kyr for food shelter funeral for the needy

Ysidro Gutierrez

Party: Republican

Web Site: www.ysidro4lubbock.com

Education: MBA TTU Rawls School of Business

Questions:

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

A: Training: Graduate TTU Rawls School of Business, MBA.

Experience: Four years (2005 to 2008) experience as Lubbock County Commissioner, Precinct 3

Q: What is the most important issue facing Lubbock County at this time? How do you plan to deal with it?

A: Lubbock County is growing. With growth comes the temptation to borrow, spend and tax. I believe Departments and essential functions of county government can be funded with revenues from growth and from the annual increase in property valuations (appraisal creep). I believe in pay-as-you-go government. I oppose all tax increases and new debt.

Q: How should the county address the issue of working with the city of Lubbock to provide health services?

A: Public Health and safety are essential function of government. I support cooperation between the City and County and will invite LISD to join in this collaboration. The City of Lubbock and Health Board have formed a sub-committee composed of professional medical personnel. I will work to adopt their recommendations that best serve the people of Lubbock County.

Lorenzo "Bubba" Sedeno

Party: Democrat

Questions:

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

A: I retired last year after working 27 years with the State of Texas. Hands on experience working for Senator John T. Montford as District Manager/ legislative assistant overseeing constituent concerns, policies, etc. and at Texas Tech as Manager in HUB office overseeing HUB spending of over $150 million dollars.

Q: What is the most important issue facing Lubbock County at this time? How do you plan to deal with it?

A: The County Budget, Accountability and Transparency! I will have a keen eye to ruthlessly scrutinize the County budget. I will oppose any pay increases to County Commissioner salaries. I am willing to commit the hours and the discipline to be your Servant. Career politicians get stale. It's time for new energy, new ideas and a fresh perspective into Lubbock County.

Q: How should the county address the issue of working with the city of Lubbock to provide health services?

A: I am committed and sensitive to issues concerning health and protecting the environment of the people of Lubbock and Lubbock County. There must be a committed effort from the local government perspective in protecting the public from infectious and non‐infectious diseases, etc., and providing immunizations and basic health services.

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