Dan Pope: West Texas mayor coalition good lobbying strategy

Dan Pope: West Texas mayor coalition good lobbying strategy
Published: Aug. 5, 2018 at 1:03 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2018 at 8:02 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Dan Pope, mayor of Lubbock, has decided once again to put together a coalition of mayors from the Panhandle, South Plains and West Texas as a strategic lobbying effort to get the attention of state and national legislators.

The seven-city coalition includes Pope; Brenda Gunter, mayor of San Angelo; Larry McLellan, mayor of Big Spring; Jerry Morales, mayor of Midland; Ginger Nelson, mayor of Amarillo; David Turner, mayor of Odessa and Anthony Williams, mayor of Abilene. Throughout the last year and a half the coalition has gotten together about five times.

"I think the premise is we need to stand together," Pope said, "as West Texans."

During the coalition's meetings in Lubbock, Pope said he invited agricultural, health care and technology leaders to speak with the group. Through those meetings, the mayors were able to share ideas and find commonplace efforts to problems that are shared throughout the cities.

Because the mayors have found they have shared problems, the coalition will utilize unionized delegations to bring up issues to Washington D.C. and Austin.

"Lubbock yelling for something is one thing," Pope said. "Lubbock and Amarillo and Midland/Odessa and San Angelo and Big Spring and Abilene saying 'this is something important to us,' is very different."

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