Midland Mayor Bypasses Permian Candidates for Congress and Endorses San Angeloan August PflugerPress Release
MIDLAND, TX — Midland Mayor Patrick Payton announced his endorsement of Lt. Col. August Pfluger (R-San Angelo) in the Republican Primary for Texas’ 11th Congressional District late Thursday. Payton adds his name to a growing list of high-profile endorsements for Pfluger’s campaign, including State Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), State Rep. Andy Murr (R-Kerrville), Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds (R-Granbury), San Saba Mayor Ken Jordan, the Texas Sheep & Cattle Raisers Association, and the Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND.
“I’m honored to support August Pfluger for Congress and know that he’s the right choice to fight for the citizens of Midland and defend the values we hold dear,” said Payton. “August has a servant’s heart and a warrior’s resolve…he’s not afraid to stand up to the Washington liberals and he won’t back down when it comes to securing our border, preserving our God-given constitutional rights, protecting the unborn, and defending our religious liberties.”
Payton is serving his first term as Midland’s Mayor following his remarkable 20-point victory in last year’s election. Prior to his service as Mayor, Payton founded Stonegate Fellowship where he served as Senior Pastor for a congregation of more than 5,000 Christians in the Permian Basin.
“Mayor Patrick Payton is a remarkable man and an incredible leader for the people of Midland…I’m honored to have his support in this campaign,” said Pfluger. “Patrick represents a new generation of fearless conservative leadership for our community, and as our next Congressman, I plan to work with Mayor Payton to keep our community safe, support our vital oil and gas industry, and secure a strong and prosperous future for Midland and the people of this district.”
Lt. Colonel August Pfluger is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a decorated fighter pilot with over 300 hours of direct combat against radical jihadists in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Until launching his campaign in September, August served as a member of President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Council staff, where he was entrusted with our nation’s highest security clearance and charged with advising President Trump on a host of foreign and domestic threats to our nation’s security.
A seventh-generation Texan, August describes himself as a conservative Republican, a proud husband and father, and a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Camille, have three young daughters, Vivian, Caroline, and Juliana. In his free time, August enjoys coaching his daughters’ youth soccer teams and leading Bible study groups for military service members – something he’s done at every base he’s been stationed.
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