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Big Spring Run Off Election Set For Saturday


By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Last month, Howard County was supposed to pick a representative for District 5. Now, Raul Benavides and J.D. Smith are in a run-off for the spot and the race is heating up.     NewsWest 9 talked to both candidates about their strategies to get those last minute votes.

Both Raul Benavides and J.D. Smith tell NewsWest 9, they have been doing everything they can to attract voters on Saturday.

"What we concentrated is just the people who took the time to vote the first time. I felt those would be the one that, more than likely, voters to come out the second time. We went out and concentrated on the people that took the time to vote the first time and ask them to come out again," Raul Benavides, candidate for the District 5 Council Seat, said.

Benavides says he's running this campaign like he did leading up to the May election, walking the streets, talking to residents in district five and going door to door, but "Smith's Camp" has made some changes.

"The first thing we did was get some flyers out, and we got some post cards out. We got into detail a little bit more about what we plan on doing, our plans, our commitments and what we want to do for District 5," J.D. Smith, who is running for the District 5 Council Seat, said.  

If elected to represent District 5, Benavides already knows what will be at the top of his list.

"Number one, the infrastructure of course. Having a plan, showing people that we have a plan in place to address their concerns," Benavides said. 

Smith says he will have his plate full if he becomes the new council member. For example, a decision needs to be made on the person who will be replacing the current city manager and there's more.

"Work with our employees and get that pay increase we feel that we need to retain our city employees and then also infrastructure and all other lines of businesses that are going to come through," Smith said. 

Elections will be held at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Whoever wins the election will be sworn in on Tuesday.