Two New Female City Council Members Make History

Published: May. 17, 2004 at 1:27 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:31 AM CST
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Changing the face of the Lubbock City Council, that's what recently elected Councilwomen Linda DeLeon and Phyllis Jones are doing.

"I think we bring a diversity to the board by having women, a different mind set," says Linda DeLeon.

For the first time in Lubbock history, two women will be part of the Lubbock City Council.

"It shows we have more diverse representation for council in a different way," says Phyllis Jones.

A way that reflects the women of Lubbock.

"As the nucleus of so many families, we have so many women in Lubbock, Texas, that are single mothers raising their kids. They have their own career, and then, they have to take care of families when they come home," remarks DeLeon.

As women with different backgrounds, both Linda and Phyllis say they hope to bring a fresh perspective to the council.

"I'm going to look at family issues and public safety," explains DeLeon.

"I think women have a natural knack for doing that and families and keeping families together," adds Jones.

But Linda has one burning question on her mind...

"I hope they sit us next to each other, do you think they will? All the men sit together," says DeLeon.

No matter which seat the women take, they both agree that this mark in Lubbock history is important to its diversity.

"When everyone is represented, I think that's best for everyone. It's a win-win situation," says Jones.

She succeeds Frank Morrisson for the District 4 seat. Morrisson chose not to run for re-election and cited a new business venture as his reason.

Linda DeLeon will replace Councilman Victor Hernandez for the District 1 seat. Hernandez did not run for re-election, but rather ran for Municipal Court Judge.

Incumbent Robert Doty won that race with 64% of the vote. Hernandez had 36%.