MIDLAND- Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- A busy election season for the City of Midland as the position of Mayor and two District Seats are up for reelection. District three candidates are now speaking out about what they can do for the Tall City.
“Your trash collection, your water, your sewage, those things you expect but don’t want to think about and they are done at the local level. A lot of your State and Federal money is distributed and spent or told where it’s going to be spent by your local government,” says candidate EJ Baldridge.
Adding that “the road bond we did was a fantastic start I think we are paying a lot more attention to the infrastructure in Midland but at the same time the growth kind of caught us off guard.”
A problem he says city codes will play a large part in fixing. “I think we need to be very specific on where and why we put the taxpayers’ money to use and I think sometimes when you have your fingers in too many things you’re not able to really be the best at one thing.”
His opponent, Jack Ladd, is running on a similar platform, the need for housing.
“We have the highest average rent that anyone has to pay in the entire state so we have these wonderful incomes that everyone has but the only thing we are spending it on is rent and the reason for that is because we don’t have enough housing,” says District 3 candidate Jack Ladd.
He would help solve this issue by making it easier for developers to build houses. “That means helping them build roads, helping them with sewer, and on top of that let’s develop the green spaces that we already have and make for a better quality of life for all people in Midland.”