“As I reviewed cost proposals for political signs, I began to question whether or not there were better uses for the tens of thousands of dollars spent locally on political campaigns,” Hernandez said.
So, he returned the money to his supporters, he said, and he asked that they consider giving the money to a Lubbock Power & Light utility assistance program called Helping Hands.
One of Hernandez’ two opponents in the race, Lana Bear Moore, was not impressed.
“Mr. Hernandez’s press conference today was a distraction to hide his blind support of the LP&L board in all its rate increases and outrages against its customers,” Moore said.
Moore also said, “Only city council oversight of the LP&L board can slow rate increases, reduce or end unnecessary fees, and shine the light on LPL finances.”
Moore added, “Mr. Hernandez has always opposed city council oversight of LP&L.”
Hernandez’ other opponent is Frank Gutierrez – who was equally unimpressed.
“It’s political posturing and pandering,” said Gutierrez. “He [Hernandez] is part of the reason for the increases in electric bills. So, $2,500 is but a drop in the bucket. What’s needed is to rescind these fees that make people’s bills go up.”
Gutierrez also said, “It’s an embarrassment that he would stoop to this level.”