Beane and Bell Debate Prior to Runoff Election - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/23/08

Beane and Bell Debate Prior to Runoff Election

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Voters in Districts 2 and 4 will have the chance to vote for their next City Councilman beginning Tuesday with early voting. So Friday, District 4 candidates Jerry Bell and Paul Beane faced off in a radio debate.

Bell and Beane debated on AM-580 for an hour at 7 a.m. Friday. Moderated by AM-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.

"I've been labeled as a City Hall insider, a Miller this and Phyllis Jones clone, and all those sorts of things. But the reality of this is I'm going to work for the citizens of Lubbock," said Bell.

"I think it's interesting that anybody who would send out a mailer like this while all the time saying I'm the one being divisive. I find it the most ironic things that has ever happened in Lubbock politics to be perfectly honest with you," Replied Beane.

However the two did agree on at least one thing.

"Three most important issues for Lubbock are water, water and water," said Beane.

"Well it's obliviously the most important issue facing our city. Life without water - we cannot survive," added Bell.

And after throwing punches back and forth, by 8 a.m. it was done, and the two men cordially shook hands and left.

The winner of the District 4 runoff between Beane and Bell will replace outgoing councilwoman Phyllis Jones. In District 2, incumbent Floyd Price will be going up against Armando Gonzales.

Early voting for both city council runoff elections begins the day after Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 27th and runs through June 3rd. Election day is June 7th.

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