With just one month away from city elections, challengers of Incumbent Mayor Marc McDougal had an opportunity to prove why they would be the best candidate for the job.
Lubbock's first public debate with the mayoral candidates. Who showed up? Mayor Marc McDougal and challenger Gilbert Montes. The other two never showed. Regardless, both were ready to tackle some of Lubbock's most pressing issues. Water.
First question is about water conservation and enforcement. "I don't think we need to go out there and start fining people. If it does get out of hand, that's a problem. But right now, in certain neighborhoods, there should be days and water only at night," said Montes.
"We've got to get the water ordinance in affect. That's one we're juggling because we don't want to go out and start fining people while the city is still watering sidewalks," said McDougal.
Secondly, how do the candidates feel about the importance of Lake Alan Henry to the City of Lubbock? "I think Lake Alan Henry should be sold as soon as possible. Eliminated or used for something else. Because as far as the water supply for Lubbock Texas, I don't think it's ever going to happen there," said Montes.
"I think Lake Alan Henry is an asset. Not only for Lubbock but for the region. It's an insurance policy. Worse case scenario we do have something to fall back on," said the Mayor.
And finally, why does each candidate want to run for Mayor? "The City of Lubbock is highly potential where it can take over West Texas. And it needs to go forward by not following other cities. Unless we are absolutely sure this is what Lubbock wants and needs," said Montes.
"I think we've made a lot of progress but just like the North and East Development. We're just now getting to the point where we're getting our plans back from the committee that is doing that strategic plan," said the Mayor.
The two candidates that did not attend the debate were Chad Dawkins and Roger Settler. Early voting for city elections begins April 28th. Election day is May 15th.