Midland’s New Mayor And City Councilmembers Officially Are Sworn Into Their New Positions

By Mitch Borden

In Midland, a changing of the guard: Three new city leaders assumed their new roles Monday during a swearing-in ceremony.

Marfa Public Radio  Mitch Borden reports, Midland now has a new Mayor and two new city councilmembers. 

After being sworn in, Patrick Payton Midland’s new mayor told a gathered crowd that Midland and the Permian Basin’s oil industry is driving the world’s economy.

Patrick Payton, the former pastor at Stonegate church in Midland, pulled in almost $200,000 in campaign contributions in less than three months. (Photo courtesy of the Payton Campaign)

He also said Midlanders need to work together to build a better community.

“It’s time to move forward and bury the hatchet. We no longer live in the middle of nowhere we stand as the center of everywhere.”

Payton, a former pastor of a local megachurch, defeated Midland’s longtime Mayor Jerry Morales who served Midland for about six years as mayor and another six years on city council.

Alongside Payton, two new Midland city councilmembers were also sworn in — Jack Ladd will represent the city’s district 3 Jack Ladd and Lori Blong will represent district 4.

The city council will have a new member joining its ranks later this year because former council member John Love III made a two-month bid for the U.S. Senate, which forced him to give up his seat.

A special election is being held at the end of January to fill that position.

About Mitch Borden

Mitch Borden is Marfa Public Radio's Permian Basin Reporter. If you have any questions about West Texas' energy industry or the Permian Basin email him at mitch@marfapublicradio.org.
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