Concerns in Precinct 3 range from economic development, to roads, to budget deficits. Each candidate for the precinct's commissioner has their own set of solutions, but woven throughout is a true concern for the people of the precinct. Frank Gutierrez says, "People are ready for a change, not only in terms of economic development, but social issues and challenges. What I'm telling people is that change will come when I'm elected Commissioner Precinct 3." Ysidro Gutierrez says, "I think the most important thing for Precinct 3 is they need a voice, someone who will speak out on behalf of Precinct 3."
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An election battle is brewing between Gutierrez and Gutierrez. Both candidates are depending on their political stance to help voters distinguish the two. Take their views on paving county roads. Ysidro says, "I believe paved roads are the key to the future of Precinct 3. What I would like to do is bring Precinct 3 to the same level as other precincts." Frank says, "In order to pave existing roads as they are, would be challenging. There's not enough money, there just isn't. Commissioners can be efficient, strict with money and create a maintenance program."
When it comes to the county's budget woes, Frank says he'd favor a review of all departments and quote "cut out the fat." Ysidro's solution lies in economic growth and a solid infrastructure. Their Libertarian opponent, Caleb Lee Clardy, has another idea. He says, "I'm 100% in favor of a wet/dry election for this county. We need to explore options as far as taxing and putting money in people's pockets."
Clardy, a Texas Tech student says he's different from his opponents. He favors recinding the majority of taxes and is opposed to spending money paving roads. He says, "I care a lot about the community and always have and this is my way of showing it."
Frank Gutierrez says his strength lies in his community service and his innovative ideas. He plans to forfeit five thousand dollars of his salary if elected to create a mobile pharmacy for those who are homebound. Ysidro is running on the grounds that he's a visionary whose leadership skills will bring investors to Lubbock.
Ysidro had questions for his opponent Frank Tuesday about why Frank did not put his Republican Party affiliation on his campaign signs. Ysidro speculated it's because Precinct 3 is dominantly Democratic. Frank told NewsChannel 11 it is irrelevant whether or not it's on his signs because his party affiliation is clearly stated on the ballot.
|Ysidro Gutierrez (D)||Frank Gutierrez (R)|
|Caleb Lee Clardy (L)|