The hot topic on this May's election ballot is whether or not to allow packaged alcohol sales in Lubbock. This afternoon, the Political Action Committee Lubbock County Wins launched it's campaign in support of sales here in the county.
Of course, this isn't the first time for a vote like this, but the PAC says this time voters will give it the go. In their press conference this afternoon, PAC organizers launched the pro alcohol sales campaign. They say a 'yes' vote in May would support local businesses by increasing local spending as well as creating nearly 2300 jobs. It's estimated their efforts will cost up to $150,000. Already they have about a third of that to back their campaign.
They say it's all about economics, creating jobs tax revenue, positive economic growth, and consumer choice. Group organizers say they're confident that this year is the year for the change, but it's either now or never for this issue to pass.
Melissa Pierce, Lubbock County Wins Treasurer: "We do plan on educating them with the facts and help the community and keep it based on the facts, not scare tactics or rumors, just very focused on how this will help the community. In the past they did not have the man power or the finances and that is one thig we have in our corner. If this does not pass now it's not going to pass for a really long time. It is very important that the voters get out and support this issue now."
Last week we met with organizers from the group against alcohol sales, The Truth About Alcohol Sales. They told us they're still confident in their campaign, and will continue their efforts to try and get Lubbock voters to say 'no' on May 9th.