INTERVIEW: Harpster's county priorities are infrastructure, publ

INTERVIEW: Harpster's county priorities are infrastructure, public safety

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

Nick Harpster is the Democrat running for County Commissioner, Precinct 2 in November, against Republican Jason Corley and Libertarian Ysabel Luna.

A guest on the News@Nine Friday, Harpster said Lubbock's growth and the effects it carries are his main priorities; specifically, the development of Loop 88 and Woodrow Road, and properly bolstering the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office to reflect the county's population growth.

"Once a city hits that 250 thousand population," Harpster said, "crime definitely increases, so we need to make sure we stay on top of the budget with the sheriff's department and make sure they have their staff that's needed and their fleet is kept up as well."

Harpster said he supports the court's decision to approve a multi-million dollar software system, saying it appears to be a project long in the works.

"It's just to the point where [the old system[ isn't working effectively anymore," Harpster said. "The current company either is not able to or hasn't been able to upgrade the systems to satisfaction, so we're basically losing money keeping that."

Harpster said the county can make that money back in eight to ten years.

Harpster's full interview is attached to the top of this story.

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

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