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INTERVIEW: Libertarian Luna wants 'old fashioned' philosophy on Commissioner's Court

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

Three candidates are running for Lubbock County Commissioner for Precinct 2 in November: Republican Jason Corley, Democrat Nick Harpster, and Libertarian Ysabel Luna.

A guest on the News@Nine Thursday, Luna said the most pressing issue facing commissioners is the county's roads. He said the Slaton Police Department also needs its own communication tower, and would like to make that a priority if he's elected, as well as provide more aid to the county's volunteer firefighters.

Luna said he doesn't support the current court's decision to purchase a new multi-million dollar software upgrade, saying instead he would prefer something older but reliable rather than a new system that could hit the county's collective pocketbook.

"I know you have to adjust to technology," Luna said, "but it seems like when something goes wrong with electronics, computers, you really end up having problems that you have to readapt to, and sometimes things come to a halt."

"I don't like the automated system they have at the county," Luna continued, "when you call and try to get in touch with somebody, you go through this spiel and sometimes you can't even get the department you need."

Luna said he doesn't support using tax money to support the proposed Lubbock County Expo Center. That proposal, if approved by voters this election, would raise the county's hotel-motel occupancy tax by 2 percent, raising it to 15 percent total. That two percent would reportedly raise about $2.7 million dollars annually -- enough funding to cover construction and maintenance costs.

"One of my main issues, long term if I get elected, has to do with taxes," Luna said, "but it refers to the property tax end of it. Homeowners and property owners are at a great disadvantage;  they're really getting clobbered with an unjust amount for all the facilities everybody uses and takes advantage of when they need them."

You can watch Luna's full interview at the top of this page.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 9; early voting begins Oct. 22, and Election Day is Nov. 6.

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