Nonpartisan runoff elections for Dallas City Council, Fort Worth Mayor, and Arlington Mayor in Texas will take place on June 5. The general elections took place on May 1.
In Arlington, Michael Glaspie and Jim Ross advanced to the mayoral runoff from a field of seven candidates with 21.3% and 47.9% of the vote, respectively. This is the first mayoral election in Arlington without an incumbent seeking re-election since 2003. Incumbent Jeff Williams (R) is term-limited.
Glaspie served on the Arlington City Council from 2012-2019 and Arlington School Board from 1991-2008. He received endorsements from former Mayor Elzie Odom, who led the city from 1997 to 2003, The Dallas Morning News, and all five general election mayoral candidates who did not advance to the runoff.
Ross currently owns a law firm and previously worked as a police officer with the Arlington Police Department. Ross received endorsements from incumbent Mayor Williams, former Mayor Richard Greene, who led the city from 1987 to 1997, and four of the city’s police unions.
In Fort Worth, Deborah Peoples and Mattie Parker advanced to the mayoral runoff from a field of ten candidates with 33.6% and 30.8% of the vote, respectively. Incumbent Mayor Betsy Price (R), first elected in 2011, did not run for re-election.
Peoples formerly worked as a business executive and was Chair of the Tarrant County Democratic Party. She has received endorsements from five Democratic members of the Texas State Legislature, U.S. Rep. Mark Veasey (D), and EMILY’s List.
Parker works in education and formerly worked as the chief of staff for the Fort Worth Mayor and City Council. She has received endorsements from incumbent Mayor Betsy Price (R), the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News, and former Fort Worth mayoral candidate Brian Byrd, who finished third in the general election with 14.7% of the vote.
In Dallas, six districts are holding runoff elections for city council. Three races are for open seats, and three are between an incumbent and a challenger. All fourteen seats were up for election this year.
Three races with incumbents advanced to a runoff. In District 4, incumbent Carolyn King Arnold and Maxie Johnson advanced to a runoff with 47% and 37% of the vote. In District 7, incumbent Adam Bazaldua and Kevin Felder advanced with 39% and 15% of the vote. In District 14, Paul Ridley and incumbent David Blewett advanced with 46% and 32% of the vote.
In Districts 2, 11, and 13, incumbent councilmembers Adam Medrano, Lee Kleinman, and Jennifer Staubach Gates are not running for re-election due to term limits. In District 2, Jesse Moreno and Sana Syed advanced to the runoff with 39% and 25% of the vote. In District 11, Jaynie Schultz and Barry Wernick advanced with 38% and 26% of the vote. In District 13, Leland Burk and Gay Donnell Willis advanced with 43% and 41% of the vote.
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