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Runoff election selects Eric Johnson as new mayor for city of Dallas

Runoff election selects Eric Johnson as new mayor for city of Dallas

Dallas City Hall
New team coming to Dallas City Hall. Photo courtesy of Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau

Following a runoff election on June 8, Dallas has a new mayor and three new members on the Dallas City Council.

State Representative Eric Johnson won the mayoral race, beating Dallas City Council member Scott Griggs by 41,208 votes to Griggs' 32,898 votes, or 56 percent to 44 percent. A total of 74,106 people voted in that race.

Voter turnout was low, with only 9.88 percent of registered voters. In most of the council elections, the winners won by no more than a few hundred votes.

Newcomers include Adam Bazaldua, a schoolteacher who won the seat for District 7, which covers southeast Dallas and Fair Park, replacing incumbent Kevin Felder.

In the run-off, Bazaldua, who also ran in 2017, beat Tiffinni Young, who previously served one term on the council, by 51 percent to 49 percent. The total turnout was 4,183; Bazaldua got 2,137 votes to Young's 2,046 votes.

In District 9, Paula Blackmon won over Erin Moore by 52 percent to 48 percent, with 4,645 votes to Moore's 4,268 votes.

In District 14, David Blewett won over incumbent Philip Kingston by 54 percent to 46 percent. Blewett got 5,665 votes to Kington's 4,920 votes. A total of 10,585 people voted.

Carolyn King Arnold retained her seat in District 4, beating challenger Dawn Blair by 52 percent to 47 percent, or 2,006 to 1,803 votes.

There was also one DISD run-off for District 4, with Karla Garcia winning by 59 percent to Camille White's 41 percent, or 1,152 to 793 votes.

Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Grand Prairie, Richardson, and Rowlett also held elections.

The inauguration for the newcomers takes place on June 17.