Lubbock residents who are interested in voting in the May 10 elections have less than 48 hours to register to vote. There are several key issues on the ballot this year.
At the city level, several council seats will need to be filled. Mayor Glen Robertson is running for re-election, but he is running un-opposed. In District 1: incumbent Victor Hernandez will face off against Frank Gutierrez and Lana Bear Moore. Todd Klein is leaving his seat in District 3. Maurice Stanley, Jeff Griffith, and Deanne Clark will be fighting for Klein's seat. In District 5, incumbent Karen Gibson will go up against Brian Carr.
In addition to the council races, two local schools are hoping to secure funds through bond packages. In the Lubbock Cooper School district, a $55 million dollar bond package is up for vote. Superintendent Pat Henderson says the money would go toward adding classrooms at Cooper North, Central Elementary a
"We are proposing to build basically double the amount of classrooms that are in the existing high school, around 51 classrooms that will get us through at least the next ten years, but again we have two middle schools now feeding the high schools and that is where the crunch is coming," Henderson said.
The money would also build more athletic facilities and a career and technology center.
Frenship ISD is hoping voters say yes to an $85.2 million bond package. Superintendent David Vroonland says the money would go toward security upgrades, a new 9th grade center and a new elementary school campus.
"Bennett is already at capacity, Crestview will be there shortly, as will Oak Ridge so we need something in the south to manage that growth," Vroonland said.
When it comes to LISD's Board of Trustees, only one spot is up for grabs this year. Laura Vinson will be going toe to toe with Brett Underwood for the District at Large. Mark Blankenship with District 3 and James Arnold with District 4 are running unopposed.
If you'd like to register to vote in time for the May 10 elections, you have until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. For more information on early voting and registration, visit www.votelubbock.org.
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