District 1 Councilman Victory Hernandez released this statement on Monday afternoon:
Lubbock City Councilman Victor Hernandez stated, "Sometimes, as a neighbor or friend encounters difficulty in their lives (political or otherwise), the reaction by some is to distance themselves from the individual experiencing hardship.
For the past few months, my family and I have had to withstand multiple personal and familial assaults. Our two youngest children, both who attended LISD schools this past school year, have withstood ridicule and taunts by their peers as a result of false "stalking" accusations leveled against me. My wife has endured political threats. And I faced three City of Lubbock employee complaints as well as a recall effort.
Still, I have never in my 15 years of public service, experienced so much visible, heartfelt, and adamant encouragement. The acts of kindness I have witnessed from family, friends, acquaintances and organizations has been tremendous and inspiring. However, and somewhat surprising to me, has been the outpouring of overwhelming, city-wide support by individuals whom I do not know personally. Young and old, male and female, of Hispanic, Anglo, African-American, and Asian descent (and a myriad of other differences) and yet, with one common denominator - expressions of encouragement and support and, an insistence that I not waiver in the face of adversity.
So, to the many who have written, verbalized, gestured (a lot of thumbs up), and prayed for me and my family, I say THANK YOU! Your efforts have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. In fact, your many expressions of confidence have lifted me and my family up, have given us strength and have enabled us to stay the course.
I would be remiss if I did not say THANK YOU once more to Cheryl Brock who exhibited courage equal to none.