Two Candidates Officially File For Dallas Mayor
While the unofficial tally of people vying to replace outgoing Mayor Mike Rawlings is around 10; only two candidates are listed on Dallas’ election website.
Alyson Kennedy, 68, who was a 2016 presidential candidate, and Dallas councilman Scott Griggs have both officially filed with the city.
Kennedy, a member of the Socialist Workers Party, is building her mayoral campaign on advocating for the improvement of the public transit system, a public jobs program to provide “union-scale wages”, and for the Dallas Police Department to address claims of police brutality, pointing to the killing of Botham Jean as an example of such claims.
In a D Magainze interview, said she is running in this election “to be a voice for the tens of thousands of working people in the Dallas area that are not part of this recovery they keep talking about.
“Working people face rising rents, home and farm foreclosures, increasingly unsafe working conditions, and a lot of workers have to work two and three jobs just to make it.”
Griggs, North Oak Cliff’s long-serving council member, has told supporters that Dallas needs a new kind of mayor.
If elected, Griggs said he will tackle the toughest remaining issues facing the city, such as income inequality, infrastructure and the city’s north-south divide.
Those who have announced candidacies include real estate developer Mike Ablon, philanthropist Lynn McBee, businessman Albert Black, lawyer and former Clinton administration aide Regina Montoya, Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis, former State Rep. Jason Villalba, and Miguel Patino.
The filing period for the May 4 election opened Jan. 16 and runs through Feb. 15.