County Commissioner Flores: Election results product of party me

County Commissioner Flores: Election results product of party meddling

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

There is going to be three new faces on the commissioners court. 

Incumbents Patti Jones and Mark Heinrich both unseated in the primaries and County Judge Tom Head is retiring. 

The sole Democrat on the court is now calling out Republicans, claiming they orchestrated this upheaval. 

"This was a political issue. This was a political campaign," Pct. 3 Commissioner Flores said. "They went against the elite. They went against the party. That's what burned, that's what cost them dearly."

He is talking about when commissioners lobbied state lawmakers to vote against Senate Bill's two and four. SB 2 would have barred local governments from increasing taxes without a vote and SB 4, Lubbock Sen. Charles Perry's Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill.

"(They) Had the blessing of all the counties in Texas, TAC, the Texas Association of Counties, The urban biggest counties of Texas, the Sheriff's Association, they were all against those bills."

The winning candidates campaigned on the fact Jones and Heinrich voted to increase their pay while leaving the possibility of increased property taxes open by lobbying the state legislature against SB 2.

Flores was not on the court when those raises were approved but he said they are necessary to keep rates competitive across the state.

"I'm telling you that the elected officials including the county commissioners earn their money."

Flores said it is a nice idea to cap taxes however at the end of the day, Lubbock already has some of the lowest in the state and it is unrealistic to not expect them to go up, especially when the county is on the hook for millions when it comes to the outer loop.

"Let's say that we'll save $150,000 if we lower everybody else's salary. Let's say it's a quarter million dollars, $250,000 a year, is that going to pay for the 1.5 million dollars that we already paid the state last year? Another 1.5 million that we have to pay this year? You can't, it won't make that much of a difference."

Both Corley and Seay will face Democratic challengers in the general election in November.

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