LUBBOCK, TX -- Brian Carr, Chairman of the Lubbock Board of Health, has picked up a candidate packet - signaling a possible run for City Council. If so, Carr would be running for the District 5 seat which is currently held by Karen Gibson.
Carr emphasized that he has not made a commitment to run but instead is considering it. He has until February 28 to make a decision.
“I think the time I spent on Board of Health has helped me to understand the process of how the municipality works,” Carr said. “I would like to see better communication.”
Carr also said, “I sense there is dissatisfaction in how informed the citizens are. You have to keep the information out there. You can’t just make assumptions on what people want to do.”
“I’m concerned about annexation and water,” Carr said. “We’ve got infrastructure problems we have to deal with. We can’t keep kicking that can down the road.”
As just one example Carr mentioned 82nd Street, which he described as a field of potholes. Carr said the city needs to get its house in order before annexing new areas. But that’s not to say he precludes any talk of annexation.
“Certainly we want Lubbock to grow just like we want Texas Tech to grow.”
Was there any particular event that caused Carr to consider a run for council?
He answered the question by saying, “I think that when the attempt was made to close the Health Department [in the summer of 2010], I saw how we can have a voice. That was the start of it.”
Gibson has indicated she will run for re-election.