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CANDIDATE FORUM: County Commissioner Precinct 1

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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, May 10, Bill McCay and Frank Morrison 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.

Bill McCay

Party: Republican

Web Site: www.facebook.com/reqs.php?type=1&fcode=bbf5b6e6d&f=1078711533#!/bill.mccay1

YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/v/6GVLxxbJyCg

Education: Texas Tech University

Questions:

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

A: 185 hours of State and County Government Continuing Education,

24 years business experience,

Caprock Board of Finance Member,

Lubbock MPO Transportation Advisory Committee Vice-Chair,

I have helped implement Super Precinct Vote Centers and transparency in our courts and financial information.

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

A: Stretching our tax dollars to meet the demands for required and essential services of a growing County. I will continue to work with other Elected Officials to maximize all of our resources to get the best value for our tax dollars.

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

A: We will continue our discussions with the City of Lubbock and health professionals in our community. We are always willing to work with the City and other entities, not just because our budgets are tight, but because it's the right thing to do. We work in partnership with the City on Library Services, Work Release Program, Emergency Management and Criminal Justice.

Frank Morrison

Party: Republican

Web Site: frankmorrison2012.com

Education: Master of Public Affairs, LBJ School at University of Texas

Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Economics, Texas Tech University

Questions:

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

A: Lubbock City Council, 2000-2004;

Successful Private Business Owner, 1997-2005;

Detailed Budget Analysis of Texas Dept. of Agriculture and Testified to Texas Legislature, 1989;

Governor's Office of Management and Budget, 1988-1989;

Legislative Aide, Congressman Larry Combest, 1985-1986;

Master of Public Affairs, LBJ School, University of Texas, 1984.

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

A: Budget and use of taxpayer dollars are the most important issues. I will eliminate the careless and wasteful spending by the commissioners. I will eliminate inefficient services and contract them to private companies who have expertise (i.e. road building and maintenance). The Road and Bridge budget expenditures are 55% higher and staffing is up 33% in the last 3 years.

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

A: Coordinating services between County and City governments continues to be a real problem and health services is just one example. I will identify gaps and duplication of services (no one knows what or how big the problem is right now) and I will lead in bringing all groups (city, county, hospitals and charities) together to provide more effective, streamlined service.

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