City News Roundup

Marathon and mayor’s race keep this round of Dallas city news running

Marathon and mayor’s race keep this round of Dallas city news running

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings
Mike Rawlings' reign has come to an end. Photo by James Edward

Between local run-offs and recounts, Dallas' 2018 mid-term election season seems like it will never end. And with a number of candidates already running for mayor, the election theme keeps on going.

Here's what happened this week in Dallas city news.

Mayoral race
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has reached the end of his reign. After winning two 4-year terms, his term limit is up. Now, some early candidates have announced their intent to run. They include:

  • former City Attorney Larry Casto
  • Regina Montoya, Dallas lawyer and civic leader
  • businessman Albert Black

The election takes place in May 2019, and other candidates are likely to emerge.

City Councilman Phillip Kingston recently announced his first fundraiser for his "next campaign." Other council members said to be considering a campaign include Jennifer Staubach Gates, Scott Griggs, and Adam Medrano, as well as city council alum Angela Hunt.

Close race
The closest race in North Texas remains unchanged after a recount of ballots.

Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas) will keep his seat representing much of Dallas in Texas House District 108 after a recount confirmed Election Day results. Democratic challenger Joanna Cattanach still came up 220 votes short of a victory following a recount this week.

On Election Day, just 440 votes, less than a percentage point, separated the two candidates in the general election, promoting Cattanach to petition for a recount. The recount narrowed the margin to 220 votes, including provisional and mail-in ballots, following the recount.

"I am so very proud of the work we did to move a long-considered unwinnable district where no Democrat even ran in 2016, and no challenger has come close to victory, to a district that will now be considered among the most competitive in 2020," Cattanach said.

Meyer begins his second term in January.

Botham Jean update
A grand jury has convened to consider charges against Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer accused of killing of her neighbor Botham Jean. The grand jury is expected to make an announcement on November 30.

They can do one of three things: indict Guyger on manslaughter; indict her on a more serious charge, such as murder; or choose to not indict her on any charge at all.

Marathon race
The Dallas Marathon is coming, and the city of Dallas is already taking steps to alert citizens of its course and impact on neighborhoods.

The marathon is set to loop around the city on December 9, closing off parts of downtown, Uptown, and East Dallas.

The race will start out at City Hall, traverse downtown to Victory Park, and continue up the Katy Trail before heading east.

East Dallas will face the most street closures and detours, with runners traveling on Richmond Avenue, Skillman Street, Swiss Avenue, the White Rock Lake Trail, and other thoroughfares.