KCBD INVESTIGATES: Does a candidate’s voting history matter? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

KCBD INVESTIGATES: Does a candidate’s voting history matter?

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

As early voters headed to the polls last week and the remainder of Lubbock County voters gear up to cast their ballot this Saturday, KCBD NewsChannel 11 wondered if candidates were doing the same.

KCBD NewsChannel 11's investigative team requested the recent voting history of the candidates in this municipal election. The results? In the races for Mayor and City Council, two candidates did not vote in at least one election during the past four years. In the LISD School Board election, six out of the nine candidates did not vote in at least one election.

Since 2008, there have been 14 elections. However, not all candidates were eligible to vote in all those elections, based on their residence and other factors. Those elections were not considered in our investigation.

In local and statewide races, current Mayor Tom Martin cast a ballot in every election in which he was eligible to vote in.

It is not the case for his challenger, Glen Robertson.

Roberton's record shows he only missed three out of the ten he could vote in. However, his record shows he only voted in one of the three municipal elections since 2008.

We caught up with Robertson on the campaign trail this week and asked him about the numbers.

"If they had no voting history," Robertson said, "I think there's a giant problem. If you have a candidate that missed maybe one to two elections in the last eight to ten years I don't know that that would be an issue."

Records we obtained reveal that every candidate in the City Council District 4 race has a perfect voting record. Incumbent Paul Beane, along with challengers Jim Gerlt and Dwight Fullingim have not missed a vote since 2008.

Candidates in the race for the City Council District 6 are Randy Sanders and Latrelle Joy. Sanders displayed a voting history of 100 percent since 2008. Latrelle Joy missed only three out of ten elections that she was eligible to vote in. However, she only voted once out of the three municipal elections she was able to vote in.

"I think for candidates, it's important that they have voted," Joy said. "Obviously, there are events in people's lives that may sometimes prevent them from doing that." Joy explained, "I don't think that it is a huge issue, but I think that most people that are running for office need to demonstrate that they have voted."

Voting records aside, all of the candidates we spoke with said they are in the race to make a positive difference in the community.

Friday at 10, KCBD NewsChannel 11 will reveal the voting history of the candidates for Lubbock Independent School Board. Those results reveal more than half of the candidates have not voted in recent elections.

We will break down all the details in our Friday report. Watch KCBD NewsChannel 11 at 10 for the complete investigation.

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