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Listen In, Lubbock: The Barriers To Diversifying City Leadership

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This week on Listen in Lubbock, we’re looking at city leadership and the barriers that exist to attract diverse candidates. It’s been an issue throughout the city’s history. and while it’s gotten better over the years, today those seats are mostly feasible for the retired or independently wealthy. We’ll talk about why that is and what’s currently underway to try and fix that.

Guests: 

Chuck Lanehart, historian, attorney and frequent contributer at the Lubbock Avalanche Journal's Caprock Chronicles.

Sarah Self-Walbrick, Senior reporter at Texas Tech Public Media 

Important links:

Council Pay, At-Large Positions Top Of Mind At First Charter Review Public Hearing

Caprock Chronicles: Jones vs. the City: The lawsuit that won diversity in Lubbock leadership - Part 1 (for subscribers)

Caprock Chronicles: The lawsuit that won diversity in Lubbock leadership: Jones vs. the City Part 2 (for subscribers)

Kaysie Ellingson is the former news director for Texas Tech Public Media. She came to Lubbock after living in Anchorage, Alaska, working as a documentary producer for Alaska Public Media. Prior to working in public media, Kaysie earned her master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in documentary production.
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