Pest Patrol owner wins mayoral race


May 17, 2023

Weldon Hurt

Weldon Hurt

Weldon Hurt, owner of Pest Patrol, was elected as the new mayor of Abilene, Texas.

Hurt beat out his opponents during the general election on May 6.

There will be no runoff election in the mayoral race because Hurt was able to secure 66 percent of the votes. Dasi Reddy received 10 percent of the votes, Ryan Goodwin received 23 percent of the votes and Chad Clark received 1 percent of the votes.

Prior to his election as mayor, Hurt also served on Abilene’s city council for almost two terms, hoping his experience with the city will help in his new role.

“I’ve learned just how the city works, how budgets work, how you procure bids, things like that. How our charter works within city government,” Hurt said during an interview on KTAB’s Big Country Politics.

“He’s well-known. He’s respected. He’s coming from a business prospective,” political expert Paul Fabrizio told KTAB. “He’s a small business owner. He’s been successful. He’s worked with the chamber of commerce. What he represents is a continuation of largely the same policies that we’ve had over the last several years. He – I view as someone that’s not going to upend the apple cart, but someone who is going to be another person that speaks for the business community of Abilene and that has been, I would argue, one of the dominant groups here in Abilene for a long, long time.”

About Pest Patrol

Pest Patrol has been serving the Abilene, Big Spring and Eastland, Texas, areas since 1992. As a family-owned and -operated business, the No. 1 focus is, per its website, on “providing our customers with the best pest control services available. All of our staff are professionally trained and have gone through background checks, so you can feel comfortable when our truck arrives at your home.” Pest Patrol offers both residential and commercial pest control services for general pest, termites, bed bugs and mosquitoes. The company is certified in both the PestShield and In2Care programs.


About the Author

Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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