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Dallas Mayor Candidates, City Council Applications Start Submitting This Week

The filing period for Dallas elections begins Wednesday, January 18, and in the spring, voters will elect a mayor and at least two new councilors, and decide who will fill the remaining 12 district seats.

Some candidates, including Mayor Eric Johnson, announced their intentions ahead of time.

In September, Johnson announced that he would seek another four-year term. On the other hand, former Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa officially announced in December that he would not interfere in city politics this election cycle after earlier saying he was considering running for mayor.

The May 6 election will be the first to use the new district lines approved by the council last June. While the latest redistricting map means some residents will vote for different elected leaders, the boundaries are pretty much the same as the last 10 years.

If any of the races for mayor or city council end with no candidate receiving more than 50% of the vote, the top two voters will advance to a runoff in June.

Of the council members representing 14 city districts, two have reached term limits after serving eight years for four terms: Casey Thomas representing District 3 in southwest Dallas, including the Mountain Creek area, and Adam McGough representing District 10 in the north -east of Dallas, including the Lake Highlands area.

As of Monday, it looks like all candidates for the city’s mayor and the 12 remaining council seats will be seeking re-election.

Several candidates have filed notices to appoint a campaign treasurer needed to raise funds.

The Dallas election filing period ends February 17th. Here is a list of those who have either filed a campaign treasurer appointment notice with the city or have publicly announced they are running. This list will be updated as candidates bid for a seat on the May 6 ballot.

Mayor:

Eric Johnson: Elected in June 2019 and running for a second consecutive term.

Kendal Richardson: community volunteer and first mayoral candidate.

District 1:

Mariana Griggs: Social activist and ex-wife of former Councilman and 2019 mayoral candidate Scott Griggs. The first candidate for deputies.

Albert Mata: social activist and board member of Somos Tejas. The first candidate for deputies.

Chad West: Elected in May 2019 for a third consecutive term.

District 2:

Jesse Moreno: Elected in June 2021 and running for a second consecutive term.

District 3:

August Doyle: Previously ran for city council in 1983 and 1985.

Zarine Gracie: Former assistant director of the Dallas Economic Development Division and former board member of the Dallas Public Facility Corporation. The first candidate for deputies.

Ricky Perry Jr.: Board candidate for the first time.

Joe Tave: previously ran for city council in 1999, 2007, 2015 and 2017.

District 4:

Caroline King Arnold: Elected in December 2018 special election and running for third consecutive full term. She also served one term as a city council member from 2015 to 2017.

District 5:

Jaime Rezendes: Elected in May 2019 and running for a third consecutive term.

Andre Turner: Candidate for the Board for the first time. Previously ran for Dallas County Justice of the Peace.

District 6:

Omar Narvaez: Elected in June 2017 and running for a fourth consecutive term.

District 7:

Adam Bazaldua: Elected in June 2019 and running for a third consecutive term.

Okema Thomas: community volunteer. The first candidate for deputies.

District 8:

Tennell Atkins: served four consecutive terms from 2007 to 2015. He was re-elected in June 2017, re-elected in May 2019 and May 2021 and is now running for a fourth term.

Subrina Lynn Brenham: previously ran for City Council in 2013, 2015 and 2021.

District No. 9:

Paula Blackmon: Elected in June 2019 and running for a third consecutive term.

District 10:

Sirrano Keith Baldeo: Previously ran for city council in 2019 and 2021.

Brian Hasenbauer: Former member of the Dallas Community Development Commission. The first candidate for deputies.

Katie Stewart: Former CEO of Uptown Dallas Inc. First time council member candidate.

District 11:

Janey Schultz: Elected in June 2021 and running for a second consecutive term.

District 12:

Kara Mendelsohn: Elected in May 2019 and running for a third consecutive term.

District 13:

Gay Donnell Willis: Elected in June 2021 and running for a second consecutive term.

District 14:

Paul Ridley: Elected in June 2021 and running for a second consecutive term.

Amanda Schultz: Former member of the Dallas Parks and Recreation Board. The first candidate for deputies.

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