Randy Christian announced Tuesday his candidacy for Lubbock City Council District 5. (Gabriel Monte/A-j Media Photos) – Full Article: LubbockOnline.com
Longtime Lubbock resident and businessman Randy Christian announced Tuesday his candidacy for the District 5 city council seat in the May 5 municipal election.
Christian, the director of marketing for the McGavock Auto Group, is the first resident to announce his candidacy for the council seat, which will be vacated by Karen Gibson. Gibson announced Sept. 7 her candidacy for Lubbock County judge.
Christian did not address specific issues he hopes to address as District 5 councilman during his announcement at the Lubbock County City Council chambers. He said he plans to spend his time between now and the first of January learning from voters about the issues that affect them.
“I’ll be arming myself on issues that we all know are very important to both district 5 and the city,”
“That’s the way I’m going to approach my campaign at this point in time.”
Describing Lubbock as a big city with small-town flavor, he said he hopes to help the city keep the qualities that make it great.
“I hope that we do retain that West Texas flavor, that West Texas charm that really does attract people here and keep them here long after,”
“They may come here and not think that they’ll stay here and suddenly they love it because they love the type of culture that we have developed here over the years. It’s very unique to us.”
Christian said he decided to seek public office after being approached by numerous residents, who encouraged him to run.
“This was not something that I was seeking out,”
“It was some people who came to me and said that they thought I had the right credentials to be a councilman, so after thought and prayer I decided that this is something where I can give back to the community that has been so good to me over the years.”
Jerry Hudson, the former dean of Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications, introduced Christian to a crowd of about a dozen supporters. He said he believed Christian’s optimism and experience as a businessman who grew his advertising firm to a multi-million dollar business makes him fit to serve as a city councilman.
“He’s successful in getting things done effectively and efficiently,”
“His love for lubbock is without question.”
Christian, who grew up in Amarillo, moved to Lubbock in 1977, with his wife Margaret. The couple has two sons, Peter, 31, and Philip, 28. Christian has been involved with numerous local organizations including the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, The United Way and the American Cancer Society.
“So in that respect I’ve been very engaged in the community for many, many years,”