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Candidates speak at public forum

City council and school board candidates spoke during a timed forum Thursday at the Mallet Event Center.

Three Levelland City Council candidates gave brief opening statements and then answered two questions that had been given to them earlier this week.

Each man also answered one question that had been  submitted by a member of the public and screened.

Taking the podium were Larry Davidson, District A councilman, and challenger Manuel Mendez Jr. Billy Youngblood, who serves in District C, also spoke.

Question 1: What community, education or professional experiences have  helped prepare you to lead as a city council member?

Mendez: He said that his three years on the Levelland school board, and his work at a  funeral home and Walmart, have given him experience in working with people.

‘I learned a lot of things’ on the school board. ‘One was working as a team with six people.’

Youngblood: He said he spent 30 years in a retail environment, and his involvement in such training as Leadership Levelland has enabled him to lead.

Youngblood said he wants a ‘higher quality of life’ for Levelland.

Davidson: He said his 34 years with Atmos Energy have allowed him to become very involved in the life of the community.

Davidson said he has served on numerous boards including Main Street, the Chamber of Commerce, Relay for Life, the Texan Club and Airport Advisory.

A Noon Rotary Club member, he said the city’s property tax has stayed nearly the same during his five years on the council.

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