Voters hit the polls day once again on Tuesday for the primary runoff elections. The big local race is between republicans Kelly Pinion and Mike Arismendez for Lubbock County Clerk. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire tells us voter turnout has been relatively high for a runoff election.
Early voting numbers totaled at just over 2,800, that's higher than the total voter turnout in the last runoff election two years ago. The Lubbock County Elections Office says the local race between Arismendez and Pinion is most likely generating the high voter turnout. The two candidates spent election day at polling locations gathering support and thanking voters.
It's election day once again, but after the runoff election voters will send either Arismendez or Pinion to the Lubbock County Clerk's office.
Arismendez spent his morning at the Lakeridge Family Ministry Center polling location thanking voters and calling supporters to make sure they voted.
Across town Pinion did the same at Rush Elementary. Both candidates say their presence is a chance to show voters they are hard workers who will see a project through to the end. "Just being visible, letting them know I am a hard worker," explained Pinion.
Arismendez is former mayor of Shallowater and he's served as legislative director for State Representative Carl Isett. He tells voters his management and legislative experience qualifies him to keep records for the county. "It gives me the qualifications needed to be able to be a good leader for Lubbock County," says Isett.
Pinion says her experience working in the county clerk's office for 12 years makes her the better candidate. "I feel like my hard work and my experience and stability- I think that's going to prove to be my strongest points," stated Pinion.
After nearly four months of campaigning both candidates say they're highly anticipating the outcome. "Anticipation, glad it's at the end, I am nervous, a whole mixture of everything," said Pinion.
"After doing this for a couple months and then doing 30 days more, you know it's just a matter of knowing this is the final day," said Arismendez.
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