On the Wednesday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, Lubbock city council District 1 candidate Frank Gutierrez spoke with Chad Hasty about his campaign.

According to Gutierrez, LP&L rates continue to be the biggest concern for District 1 residents. He said that some people in his district have continuously been forced to choose between buying medication or paying their electric bills.

"There are ways to be able to alleviate the pain and suffering that [LP&L rates] are causing in the community. What I mean by that is folks are having to make a decision as to whether they should buy medicine or food, or pay their utilities. And of course, they have to pay their utilities. So we've got to find ways to diminish the effect that it's having on some folks. Some can handle it, some are not paying attention at all."

Gutierrez said that at the moment, not much can be done to lower the LP&L rates, and is certain that there will be more increases to come. However, he added that LP&L can do more to alleviate the suffering of District 1 residents by improving their customer serve and highlight some of the hidden fees that are "floating around" on people's bills.

Gutierrez also seemed to be in support of a monorail in downtown Lubbock. He said that Lubbock should be focusing more on the future, specifically looking 30 or 40 years into the future. He also suggested using Buffalo Springs Lake as a water source and possibly extending the runways at the airport as future plans.

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