Early voting in the runoff election for Lubbock City Council Districts 2 and 4 begins next Tuesday. So early Friday morning the candidates for District 4, Jerry Bell and Paul Beane, met to duke it out over the airwaves in a debate.
Bell and Beane debated on AM-580 for an hour at 7 a.m. Moderated by 580 radio personality Wade Wilkes, the debate covered topics ranging from Lubbock's water and the visitor center to campaign donations and the city's budget. At times the debate got heated as the two fired back and forth making their positions known.
Wade Wilkes asked, "Give me examples where you would disagree with Jerry Bell on where taxpayer money should or should not be used?"
Beane responded, "I will start with $300 million downtown redevelopment bond issue recently considered by downtown folks. Mr. Bell was on the financial planning for that event. It was so distasteful."
And Bell said, "I was proud to serve on the financial subcommittee for the bond book last year. It gave me and 35 other citizens the opportunity to look at future needs or perceive future needs for the city of Lubbock."
Typically during "The Wade Wilkes Show" listeners are able to call in, but not Friday. The hour long debate was for listening only.
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