By Kip Billups, candidate for Amarillo mayor
I am sure that Amarillo Matters is already investigating myself and other candidates now that I have announced my candidacy. Last local election cycle, they spent thousands of dollars on "investigations," as they tried to deflect from Ginger Nelson's horrible record. Since I know Amarillo Matters and Mayor Nelson's campaign will try to smear their opponents, I wanted you to hear my past from me.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, I became a homeless in Los Angeles from 2003 until 2009, living on Skid Row. I am a person in long term recovery (sober) for over six years. I got back on my feet in Los Angeles, and I chose to come back to Amarillo to spend time with my 99 year old grandmother. After coming back to Amarillo, I decided to take fifty peanut butter sandwiches to feed the homeless in Amarillo. From that point forward, the fifty sandwiches grew to thousands of meals served, and I founded Amarillo Brown Bag Runs. I have spent my time in Amarillo giving back to the community that means so much to me, and I have loved every minute.
In the coming weeks, I am sure that you will hear Amarillo Matters try and attack me over my past. Just so you know the whole truth, here are the charges:
Two driving under the influence charges (last one in 1997)
A 2009 shoplifting charge (charge was dropped)
A 2009 possession of drug paraphernalia charge (charge was dropped)