MIDLAND, Texas (BIG2/FOX24) – Former Stonegate pastor, Patrick Payton, announced his plans to run for Midland Mayor today.
With his hat in the ring, there are now three people in the running for the November election: Payton, Morales, and Cudd. Payton’s announcement came just a month after Jenny Cudd’s announcement in June. Cudd is the owner of Becky’s Flowers in Midland. Morales will be running this election for his third term in office. No one has challenged him since his appointment in 2014.
“I think Jerry Morales has done a tremendous job here in the city of Midland,” explained Payton. “And the challenge has been, when you run unopposed, sometimes you don’t event know where people are wanting you to go, or what they’re wanting you to do.”
But for Cudd, she says she was ready for change.
“Back in March, when Jerry announced that he was running for his third term unopposed, I knew that he was unopposed in his second term three years ago, and it just got all over me, because I don’t believe that you should win because you’re the only option,” said Cudd. “There’s a whole lot of problems to show for Jerry having been in position of leadership for 12 years. And I think Midland deserves better, and Jerry should have done better.”
Morales says his journey has been successful with many accomplishments to show for it. He says he welcomes the competition.
“It’s definitely exciting, and I think it’s always good for Midland to be able to hear new visions and new ideas,” said Morales. “And it also helps myself of course, too, to be able to propel our initiatives, and what we’ve accomplished, and where we’ve been.”
He also says this third term will be the “cherry on top” he needs to further advance his current accomplishments.
“I still have the passion, the energy… And I think it’s going to take experienced leadership to really get us through these next three years.
With the november election fast approaching, the three says they are ready to get things done.
“I’m running for what I believe I’m supposed to do, what people have asked me to do, and if I lose this election, and Jerry wins, or Jenny wins, I’m gonna keep doing the same thing. I’m gonna keep supporting them, because we’re that kind of city.”
Along with the position of Mayor, there are two other open seats in the November election: representatives of District 3 and District 4. Anyone can file to be on the ballot through August 19th.