Martin Gears Up For Office - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/11/08

Martin Gears Up For Office

Mayor elect Tom Martin will only carry that title until Friday when he's sworn in as the 34th Mayor of Lubbock at 9a.m. But as most know this isn't Martins first post on the council. You'll recall Martin served as a councilman and the mayor pro-tem between 2002 and 2006.

In the 2006 mayoral election Martin lost against current mayor David Miller. And Martin says he's already gearing up to hit the ground running Friday.

"Starting tomorrow it's getting the plans ready for the transition and the beginning of a new two year council," Martin said.

Martin adds that between now and Friday he hopes to meet with each of the councilmen and women so he's ready to take over after Friday's ceremony and he knows exactly where he'll begin once he's mayor.  

"The first thing is to get the city council working together and get them communicating among themselves. Second of all is to get briefed up on the status of a lot of city projects, particularly the lake Alan Henry pipeline project," Martin said.

Lubbock's current mayor, David Miller was unable to talk with us Sunday, but last night during his watch party he shared his plans as he leaves office.  

"I can't wait to get back to Spirit Ranch where lives are being changed for the better," Miller said to the media.

Miller owns Spirit Ranch and it sits just north of Lubbock. Both he and his wife Jane Ann say they are looking forward to life out of politics.

This election is the first in recent memory where a sitting mayor didn't win re-election.

And of course, you can count on NewsChannel 11 to be there Friday morning when Tom Martin is sworn in as Lubbock's 34th mayor.

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