Local and State Officials Hold Press Conference After an Alleged Assault by Two Candidates On Each Other

Odessa, Texas/February 25, 2024-Ector County Judge Dustin Fawcett, State Representative Brooks Landgraf and Sheriff Mike Griffis recently held a press conference to address a physical assault between two candidates currently running for positions within the Ector County Republican Party that occurred on Thursday, February 22nd at the parking lot of the Ector County Courthouse Administration Building on East 8th Street. 

(Dustin Fawcett, Ector County Judge, Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

State Representative Brooks Landgraf spoke on the need for peace and harmony from candidates and those helping them, as voters are going to the Early Voting locations to cast their vote. 

(Brooks Landgraf, Republican- State Representative, District 81, Texas) 

Judge Fawcett and Sheriff Griffis plan to have off duty officers at the various voting locations with the approval of the Ector County Commissioners. 

(Mike Griffis, Sheriff-Ector County Sheriff’s Office/Odessa, Texas) 

The alleged assault between Carmen Wilhite and Donna Kelm is considered a Class C Misdemeanor. According to a spokesperson for Donna Kelm, Kelm was taken to a local hospital after the alleged assault and treated for neck, arm and back pain. 

(Mike Griffis, Sheriff-Ector County Sheriff’s Office/Odessa, Texas) 

There have been charges filed with the Odessa Police Department by a candidate running for Precinct Chair against a Precinct Chair seeking re-election for allegedly attempting to bribe a voter during Early Voting at the Ector County Annex Building. 

(Charles Pierce, Republican Candidate-Ector County Precinct Chair 205-Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

Carmen Wilhite and Donna Kelm have filled alleged assault charges on each other with the Odessa Police Department, who took the original report at the Ector County Annex Building. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 


Author: Danny Barrera

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