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Three Republicans seek to replace retiring Commissioner McCay

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

Longtime Precinct 1 Commissioner Bill McCay is retiring. Three Republicans are vying for his seat.

The southwest precinct is the fastest growing portion of Lubbock County.

Candidate Lee Ann Dumbauld is a former city manager. She said the budget would be her number one priority. She said everything needs to be reviewed from its financial standpoint.

"By doing that detailed analysis, we should be able to find some areas where we can make improvements...I don't believe the current court has a full understanding of what their financial situation is today," Dumbauld said.

E. "Major" Garza is a independent contractor. The 24-year veteran said he is concerned about taxpayers and where the dollars are going.

"When you look at $100 million, you know, where is that going?" Garza said. "Some are fixed costs that you can't do nothing about, but the rest of the stuff in the planning process, people are giving these great, great ideas that don't matter much to the folks who are paying the bill. We need to be concerned about them."

Candidate Terence Kovar is a mechanic. He said he wants to be the taxpayers' voice, and one of their biggest concerns is safety.

"We want to make sure the sheriff's department is properly funded, we got to make sure our road construction because of these larger schools. It's not just (Lubbock-Cooper) Independent School District is the main one you hear about, but don't forget about Frenship...we need to remember the children's safety, and everyone else's."

The rapid growth in South Lubbock has residents concerned about roads. Dumbauld said the county's $100 million bond was a good step, but it is only the tip of the iceberg.

"The county doesn't have a business strategy for what we're going to do next, and it won't be free," Dumbauld said. "That's a problem that the Commissioner's Court over the next four years must face."

Garza works in the transportation industry, and said the costs of caliche and who is contracting with the county must be taken into account.

"That's what I'd like to introduce is the knowledge and experience of what it is, how much money we're spending to maintain and sustain those for the people," Garza said. "We haven't seen a story, I hope we don't, of where a lot of folks got hurt on one of these roads...we don't want to get to that point."

Kovar said he does not believe the last budget for road maintenance was enough. He said to increase that amount, the county needs other ways to save money.

"They're on track with the road bond to build the roads, widen them, and if they would've started this 20 years ago, this would just constantly be a continuation. We would have every three years a 20 million dollar bond," Kovar said.

There are no Democrats running for the seat. Whoever wins the Republican primary will take the seat. Early voting for the primary starts Tuesday. Statewide voting is Super Tuesday, March 3.

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