Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson released a press announcement this week in which he confirmed his intentions to seek the seat currently held by Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX District 19).
In September, Neugebauer announced his intention to retire after at the end of this term.
Robertson did not hold an official announcement event, but did say via the release that he will hold a campaign kick-off on October 26th. That will be “followed by announcement events across the District throughout that week”, according to the press release.
Robertson’s release is very brief. In it he states, “Today I am announcing my campaign for Congress in Texas’ 19th District. Should I have the honor and privilege of serving in Congress, my number one priority will be putting the interests of West Texas and the Big Country first.”
He also says that he and his wife Karen “look forward to meeting voters and listening to their concerns regarding our Country’s future.”
Robertson’s announcement will also trigger a chain reaction in Lubbock city hall politics.
District 1 Councilman Victor Hernandez has already indicated that he is exploring the possibility of making a run for the office. El Editor received information from Hernandez which states in part that should he decide to run, an announcement will not be made until January of next year.
Two other council members may also throw their hat in the ring. Mayor Pro Tem and District 4 Councilman Jim Gerlt and District 5’s Council member Karen Gibson are also seen as possible candidates to succeed Robertson.
Throw in the fact that District 2 will not have incumbent Floyd Price running for reelection, and it would be fair to surmise that come next May, after the city elections are held; Lubbock’s city council will look a whole lot different than it looks now.
The city elections will be held in May.