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Former senior pastor for Stonegate Fellowship Church, Rev. Patrick Payton, announced in an email Monday his intended candidacy to serve as the next mayor of Midland.

“After weeks and months of careful consideration, prayer and wonderful, sincere counsel I have decided to take up the mantle of running for Mayor of the City of Midland” Payton wrote in his email.

With Payton joining the mayoral race, the number of candidates grows to three, with both Payton and businesswoman Jenny Cudd facing incumbent Mayor Jerry Morales in the November election.

According to the email, Payton intends to have a formal campaign announcement event on July 10.