Midland Mayoral Candidates De-Emphasize Ethnicity

In the Permian Basin city of Midland, which has never had a non-Anglo mayor, two minority candidates are considered the front-runners in this year’s mayoral race. And although political observers acknowledge that the city’s demographics have shifted drastically, they say that the candidates’ rise is primarily a result of their business expertise and their ability to guide this fast-growing city.

Several city leaders have called City Council members John James and Jerry Morales the favorites to win the November race. James and Morales recognize the potential historical significance of the election, but they are focused on business-minded platforms to help ...

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