Mayor Robertson to run for Congressman Neugebauer's seat

Published: Oct. 13, 2015 at 2:38 PM CDT|Updated: Jan. 11, 2016 at 3:38 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson will run for Congress. We spoke with Mayor Robertson before Tuesday's luncheon at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture.

When asked if he would seek the seat being left by Congressman Randy Neugebauer, Robertson said yes.

Neugebauer announced last month that he would not seek reelection in 2016.

"The seniority system is set up in D.C. to where if you displace an incumbent you actually hurt the people you are trying to represent and now that this is an open seat I truly believe that I am the most qualified person to go to D.C.," Robertson said.

A few months ago when rumors about Robertson running for congress began to circulate, he said he would be more effective as mayor. We asked him what changed.

"Three months ago, that was an accurate statement because an incoming congressman does not have near the effectiveness as  a 14 year veteran up there, which Congressman Neugebauer had. That has changed, the whole playing field has changed," Robertson said.

Robertson said Lubbock is headed in a tremendous direction and believes it can continue to do so with him stepping away from his position as mayor and moving into that 19th District seat.

"My background in ag, my background as a businessman, I think, I really believe puts me as the right person to go to D.C. and to work with people like Congressman Conaway to try to make sure that we put ag in the forefront again," Robertson said.

Robertson said his main focus is food, fiber and fuel, which is what drives West Texas.

"We have to understand that everything else we have comes out of that. The great universities that we have in the district, the independent school districts, the medical that we've got out here in West Texas, it's all here because of our base economic foundation, which is food, fiber and fuel," Robertson said.

Robertson said he vote exactly like Congressman Neugebauer voted more than 90 percent of the time.

"Everything I own, everything I've invested is in Lubbock County, within the district. My concern is District 19, always has been, always will be," Robertson said.

Greg Garrett, President and CEO of  Platinum Bank, has announced that he'll run to represent the 19th District of Texas.

Colonel Michael Bob Starr, commander of the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB in Abilene, has also announced his plans to seek retirement in order to run for Neugebauer's seat.  Doctor Donald May, who's challenged Neugebauer in multiple elections, tells the Texas Tribune that he's also running, saying he planned to seek the seat even before Neugebauer announced he was stepping down.

The first day for candidates to file for a place on the primary ballot is November 14th.

Mayor Robertson issued this official statement on Tuesday afternoon:

"Today I am announcing my campaign for Congress in Texas' 19th District. Should I have the honor and privilege of serving in Congress, my number one priority will be putting the interests of West Texas and the Big Country first. I will hold a formal campaign kick-off on October 26th in Lubbock, followed by announcement events across the District throughout that week. My wife Karen and I look forward to meeting voters and listening to their concerns regarding our Country's future."

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