Results of the May 1 local elections in Ector County are in, with two non-partisan local offices seeing contested races on the election ballot. 

Incumbent Hospital Board member Ben Quiroz was unseated by challenger Kathy Rhodes, with Rhodes pulling 70.51% of the vote to Quiroz’s 29.49%. 

Rhodes, who was at a watch party held at the Republican Party headquarters, was excited upon hearing the election results and after holding a brief prayer, told Odessa Headlines that she was deeply honored to have the support of the voters. 

Candidate for Ector County Hospital Board, Kathy Rhodes celebrates her election victory. Photo by Odessa Headlines.

“It’s an amazing feeling to know that people have honored you with their vote. This experience is truly beyond description. I am looking forward to getting started right away on Monday by meeting with the Hospital CEO. I look forward to serving the people of our district and our county.” 

Meanwhile, incumbent Ector County Independent School Board member Christopher Stanley held onto his seat with a safe victory margin of 66.67% to challenger Jesse Christesson who garnered 33.33%. 

ECISD Board Member Christopher Stanley reads the election results at the Ector County Annex. Photo by Odessa Headlines.

“I am absolutely humbled at the results of the election, and I look forward to continuing serving in position four for the parents and students of ECISD,” School Board member Chris Stanley told Odessa Headlines, remarking on his election victory. 

Matt Stringer is a journalist from Odessa, Texas.