Midland Mayor Patrick Payton will not run for re-election

Midland Mayor not seeking reelection
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 6:25 PM CDT
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ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) -This morning we found out that the Midland mayor Patrick Payton will not be running for re-election for November’s election.

After serving for just one term, Mayor Payton decided to not run for a second term, and current Councilwoman Lori Blong plans to run for the office.

Mayor Payton said back in March that he would run for re-election for his next term, but that has now changed.

Councilwoman Blong says she was surprised when she found out that he wasn’t going to be running for re-election.

“It is a volunteer role, but then to be running a business and having clients and other demands on his times. I know that that’s been significant. but i was surprised that he decided to announce yesterday,” Blong said.

Councilwoman Blong registered today to run for mayor, and she says she’s been listening to the citizens of Midland on the issues they want fixed.

“Most of the folks I’m talking to want to know that there’s somebody who’s fiscally conservative, and taking good care of tax payer dollars,” Blong said.

Mayor Payton’s term ends in November.

One of Councilwoman Blongs idea, if elected, is to prioritize making sure roads and infrastructure are stable.

According to the Midland County Elections Office, Councilwoman Blong is the only person who’s officially registered to run for the mayor position.

Other city officials were contacted and asked if they planned to run for mayor this upcoming election.

At-large, Dan Corrales tells us that any information on candidates will be made public before or on the 22nd of August.

We’ll keep you updated on the elections.

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