Race for mayor features six candidates; we introduce them all one-by-one

Mayoral candidates in Lubbock, Texas, May 2024 election

Mayoral candidates. Back (L-R) McBrayer, Renteria, Massengale. Front (L-R) Hernandez, Sanders, Bacon.

In December, current Lubbock Mayor Trey Payne announced he would not seek re-election – sparking a six-man contest in the May 4 election.

Hot topics on their minds are crime and public safety, animal control, who pays for water and sewer repairs in public alleys, homelessness, budgeting priorities and the upcoming ballot initiative on enforcement of misdemeanor marijuana laws.

Politics aside, why are they running for a job paying $75 per month?

LubbockLights.com interviewed five of the candidates, asking why they wanted to run. We’ll publish their stories in alphabetical order by last name.

Each name below will be hyperlinked as stories are released.

(Kolton Bacon got back to us after this series started, which is why his name appears at the end of the list.)

The local election will, for voters in the city, include municipal judge, City Council Districts 2, 4 and 6, a special election for District 3 and the marijuana proposition.

In addition to the mayor candidates, our coverage will include an explanation of the situation in District 3 and the marijuana ballot issue.

Early voting is April 22-30 and election day is a Saturday.

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Author: James Clark- James Clark is the associate editor of Lubbock Lights. He worked in radio, television and digital media for a combined total of more than 30 years. He was Director of Digital News Content at KAMC, KLBK and EverythingLubbock.com for nearly 10 years.