“Standing In The Gap” Ector County Republican Party Candidates Fundraiser

Odessa, Texas/January 26, 2024-Candidates running for Republican Precinct Chair and Ector County Republican Chair recently held STANDING IN THE GAP Fundraiser at the Ector County Republican Party Headquarters. Candidates introduced themselves and gave brief speeches to supporters and guests. 

(Tisha Crow, Ector County Republican Chair-Ector County Republican Party/Odessa, Texas) 

Experience in election protocols is especially important in keeping the voting process legal and monitoring any fraud during the election cycle. 

(Tisha Crow, Ector County Republican Chair-Ector County Republican Party/Odessa, Texas) 

Locally, there has been an increase in Hispanics becoming registered Republicans. However, there is still a need for representation in the Hispanic community of Odessa and Ector County. 

(Sylvia Rodriguez-Sanchez, Candidate-Republican Precinct Chair 101- Ector County Republican Party/Odessa, Texas) 

Young Hispanic Republican voters, who reside in West Odessa hope that their elected officials will help with issues affecting residents in Precinct 1 in West Odessa. 

(Mayra Montoya, New Hispanic Republican Voter-Ector County Republican Party/Odessa, Texas) 

Mayor Javier Joven declared divine power is needed in local government during his portion of the fundraiser event. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera 

Ector County Republican Precinct Chair Kickoff Hosted by Jimbo’s Garage

Odessa, Texas/January 18, 2024-Jimbo’s Garage in Odessa, Texas recently hosted the Republican Precinct Chair kick-off, where approximately 150 people came out to the meet and greet event. 

(Donna Kelm, Ector County Republican Women Club President-Candidate-Ector County Republican Chair) 

Candidates attending the event were introduced to guests. Each candidate voiced why they were running. 

(Ronnie Lewis, Republican-Candidate for Precinct Chair 203) 

 Several candidates are running unopposed, while others are running against more established precinct chairs. 

(Richard Pierce, Ector County Republican, Running for Re-Election, Precinct Chair 204) 

(Dallas Kennedy, Ector County Republican-Candidate-Ector County Precinct Chair 110) 

Follow your candidates on social media for information and upcoming events. 

 For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

Westminster Presbyterian Church Food Box Distribution Event

 

Odessa, Texas/July 30, 2023-On Saturday, July 29th, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Odessa held its monthly food distribution event. Cars began lining up at 7:30am from the Church’s west parking lot around Tanglewood street. Westminster Presbyterian Church provides this service to those in need within the city and county. 

(John Wamsley, Pastor-Westminster Presbyterian Church/Odessa, Texas) 

The food distribution event is scheduled on the last Saturday of the month with the exception for Thanksgiving and Christmas, food boxes are given out prior to the holidays. The boxes are loaded up on Thursday prior to the event. 

(John Wamsley, Pastor-Westminster Presbyterian Church/Odessa, Texas) 

Westminster Presbyterian Church members and volunteers from across the community that included a former University president, educators and employees from the local school district came out to help with the food box distribution event. 

(Lesia Young, Volunteer-Westminster Presbyterian Church Food Box Distribution Event/Odessa, Texas) 

(Barbie Dunston, Volunteer-Westminster Presbyterian Church Food Box Distribution Event/Odessa, Texas) 

There is a registration form process that includes providing an ID and income status that can be taken while in the line. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

West Odessa Residents Attend Town Hall Meeting

West Odessa-Ector County/July 22, 2023-Ector County Judge Dustin Fawcett and Ector County Commissioner Precinct 1, Mike Gardner held a Town Hall meeting at the Ector County Sheriff’s Office annex located at Kellus –Turner Park. The purpose of the Town Hall is to gather information from residents of West Odessa regarding the future of their community. 

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

The town hall event turned hostile, and a shouting match ensued, when the topic of West Odessa becoming its own city was brought up by Ector County Judge Dustin Fawcett. 

(Resident, West Odessa/Ector County) 

 Odessa Fire Rescue and EMS are part of an interlocal agreement between the City of Odessa and Ector County. OFR is responding to calls for service in West Odessa during the day and night. One option to help West Odessa residents is to create an emergency district and fund it by some type of county tax levied on the population of West Odessa. 

(Christine Holcomb, West Odessa Resident/Ector County) 

Residents of West Odessa have issues with county roads not being properly maintained, water concerns with the Ector County Utility District, having to pay for trash pickup and other problems. Ector County Judge Dustin Fawcett plans to have more Town Hall meetings regularly. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera 

Ector County Will Issue Debit Cards for Jury Duty Beginning Late May or Early June

Odessa, Texas/April 14, 2023-During the Ector County Commissioners meeting on April 11th, the court approved the use of debit cards for payment instead of mailing out paper checks to those individuals who were summoned for jury duty. The debit cards will be issued towards the end of May or beginning of June. 

(Clarissa Webster, Ector County Clerk, Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

The cost of processing a payment with a paper check is between $1.30 and $1.40. The cost to Ector County for issuing a debit card for jury duty will be .99 cents. 

(Clarissa Webster, Ector County Clerk, Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

Recently, certain people have tried to pass fraudulent checks through the Ector County’s bank account. The debit card is a better way for the county to prevent fraud. 

(Clarissa Webster, Ector County Clerk, Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

When jurors sign in, they still have the option to donate their payment from jury duty to any of the approved charities that have been selected by Ector County. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

Ector County Commissioners Approve the Sale of E Cigarettes and Pizza to ECDC Inmates

Odessa, Texas/April 12, 2023-On Tuesday, April 11th, during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Ector County Commissioners, the commissioners’ court unanimously approved the sale of e-cigarettes to inmates. 

(Mike Griffis, Ector County Sheriff, Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

The e-cigarettes are designed and manufactured exclusively for detention centers and contain a barcode for tracking. 

(Mike Griffis, Ector County Sheriff, Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

The Ector County Detention Center does not permit smoking; the sale of e-cigarettes is a privilege extended to the inmates by the Ector County Sheriff’s Office and will be used as a behavioral tool. 

(Mike Griffis, Ector County Sheriff, Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

The Ector County Commissioners Court also approved the sale of pizza to inmates at no cost to Ector County. 

(Mike Griffis, Ector County Sheriff, Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

The e-cigarette and pizza sales to inmates is a creative way the Ector County Sheriff’s Office is fundraising to help with expenditures that are not in sheriff’s office budget. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera.