The race for Lubbock County Commissioner Precinct 3 is heating up. Perennial Republican candidate Frank Gutierrez is running against Democrat Gilbert Flores for the seat. Neither candidate is the incumbent; the office is currently held by Democrat Ysidro Gutierrez.
However, there’s a problem:
Frank Gutierrez’s signs, seen above, are illegal and misleading.
The signs are illegal because the word “For” does not appear between the name of the candidate and the office sought. This is necessary since Frank Gutierrez is not the incumbent.
The signs are deliberately misleading because Frank Gutierrez is a Republican, not a Democrat. Nowhere on the sign does it say that he is a Republican, and the sign has the word “Democrats” in big letters. Precinct 3 is a heavily Democratic precinct, and Frank Gutierrez is likely trying to pass himself off as a Democrat.
Lubbock County Democratic Party Chair Pam Brink held a press conference two weeks ago to address this issue, and she indicated that Gutierrez had a week to remove the signs before the Party filed an official complaint with the TEC. Two weeks later, the signs are still up.
I hope the Party has filed the appropriate complaint.