Midland City Councilman Wants to Make History in Mayoral Race

Midland City Councilman Wants to Make History in Mayoral Race

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A Midland city councilman said he's hoping to make history in the upcoming November elections and he's asking for your vote to do it.

John James is serving his second term as District Three City Councilman for Midland and he wants to keep serving but this time as mayor.

"It's exciting to have the opportunity to potentially lead our community," James said.

A San Antonio native, James said he gained experience before moving to Midland.

"Masters degree in city management, worked in city management," James said.

Now after 20 years in the Tall City, James feels his background makes him the man for the job. He said it could be a historical win if he's elected.

"It'll be the first time in Midland history that we can hire a mayor that has a background in city management, an education in city management and has built a multi-national company right here in Midland, Texas."

James said traffic, housing and future water sources are all big issues but he's also focusing on something else.

"Your ideas and solutions for solving some of these problems are critical and part of those solutions is how do you pay for them," he said.

Another important issue for James is downtown revitalization.

"It costs the taxpayers more money to take care of a deteriorating downtown than it does one that's energetic and thriving because of vandalism, crime and dilapidated structures," James said.

Which is why he said he's behind the Energy Tower.

"Anything that's gonna help us restore our downtown, I'm really supportive of, as long as it generates a good return on investment for the citizens," James said. "I think this Energy Tower project will do just that."

James hopes voters keep all of this in mind when they head to the polls.

"There are some pretty big shoes to fill, but if anybody can fill those shoes, it's gonna be me," he said.