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Lubbock Re-Elects Pope, Approves Auditorium Abandonment

Lubbock voters backed Mayor Dan Pope for a second term and approved a plan to abandon the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum on Saturday.

On Saturday night, Lubbock voters returned Mayor Dan Pope to his office, re-electing him with a solid 78 percent of the vote. Pope, a Lubbock businessman and former Lubbock ISD trustee, earned his second term after first being elected in 2016. Texas Tech student Johnathan Cothran pulled in 18 percent in the race and Stephen Sanders, a write-in candidate, won 4 percent of the vote.

Also on Saturday, Lubbock voters approved a plan to abandon the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Voters chose to abandon the arena by a 52 percent to 48 percent vote. According to reports out of Lubbock, the City of Lubbock plans to honor scheduled events at the arena, but will eventually revert the land back to Texas Tech University. Texas Tech is reportedly considering building athletic dorms on the site.

Voters also returned incumbent Juan Chadis to the Lubbock City Council on Saturday. In the District 1 race, Chadis pulled in 51 percent of the vote to the challenger, Patrick Kelly's, 49 percent.

In total, about 15,000 voters cast ballots in Lubbock.

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