Andrews Voters to Decide on Tuesday Whether to Go Wet or Stay Dry

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - Six days and counting. Election day is inching closer and closer and campaigns are intensifying. But in Andrews, it's not a candidate stirring up controversy - it's the hot debate on whether to legalize alcohol sales.

It was this side of three years ago, Andrews voters said no to legalizing alcohol sales. But over the past few months, signs on whether to keep Andrews dry or wet started popping up all over town.

"The signs - it took two days and we were completely out." Elizabeth Wheeler, Leader of the group for legalizing alcohol sales, said. "We had to reorder more. Now we have 200 signs throughout the city. It's exciting, though."

Those who are for allowing alcohol sales are saying it would cut down on drunk driving and keep revenue here in the city of Andrews. But on the other side of the street, the people who want to keep their town dry say it won't bring in new business and will ultimately jeopardize community safety.

"It's a matter of convenience," Kevin Bullard, Leader of the group against alcohol sales, said. "It's saying we don't like driving to Midland or Odessa to have to buy it. We want to be able to buy it here. I'm not sure that convenience is a good reason to legalize anything. It's bad for the community."

The group supporting alcohol sales hit the ground running earlier this year- campaigning with signs, posters and even shot glasses.

"I think we had 200 shot glasses gone within one day, so that's pretty exciting," Wheeler said. "It shows our support."

The group behind keeping Andrews dry tells NewsWest 9, they meet every Monday night. Among their biggest concerns is the effect on children.

"This is not about drinking," Bullard said. "We're not saying we don't think you should drink and we're not trying to make it a moral issue. We're just saying that we don't believe as a community we need to sell that. We don't believe it would be beneficial to the quality of life we have in Andrews. We don't believe it would be beneficial to our children - it's illegal for them to drink anyways and there's no need to have it in their presence any more."

No matter which side of the street you're on, both agree the aim is making sure people show up at the polls next Tuesday.