Blong defeats Morales to become first woman Midland Mayor

Blong ran a campaign based on unity and working together.
Published: Nov. 8, 2022 at 10:33 PM CST
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - Councilwoman Lori Blong defeated former mayor Jerry Morales on Tuesday to become the first female Mayor of Midland.

Blong received 51.3% of the vote, besting Morales Morales (44.5%) and Robert Allen Dickson (4.3%) to win the election.

The race had become surprisingly contentious in recent weeks, with Morales airing attack ads about the Hogan Park Project, in which Blong has played an integral role.

“We need to come together as a community,” Blong said in an interview with CBS7′s Joshua Skinner. “I’m excited about the months and years ahead of us, and I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve Midland.”

Despite becoming Midland’s first woman mayor, Blong quickly pointed out that her campaign was not about firsts.

“I think it’s exciting, and it’s definitely a statistic to note, but it’s been important to me to win this race on my merits and my ability to do the job well,” Blong said.

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