(LUBBOCK, TX) - Standing behind an empty chair, City Councilman Victor Hernandez formally announced his plans to run for re-election in the spring of 2014 despite a pending election to recall him from office. Hernandez made the announcement Friday morning at City Hall before a gathering of the Tejano Democrats.
For voters of District 1, both Hernandez’ recall election and proposed state constitutional amendments are on the ballot November 5. For all other Lubbock voters only the amendments are on the ballot.
Hernandez said, “This has turned into a partisan election, which it should never have turned into.”
He claimed that that the effort to recall him is driven by a small minority of the local Republican Party.
“The far right faction of the Republican Party is trying to divide this community and I do mean this community as a whole,” Hernandez added.
Hernandez claimed that if he is recalled then the District 1 seat will be vacant for roughly 2 and-a-half months until an election to replace him. The empty chair at his announcement was meant to visually demonstrate his point.
“That means no one will be sitting in this chair representing our interests and I will tell you the interests of District 1 are unique.”
Hernandez said if he is re-elected he will work on affordable housing and transportation. He wants to have a full interchange between the Marsha Sharp Freeway and Interstate 27. He also wants to extend MSF to reach East Loop 289.
Early voting is Monday, October 21 for the November election.