Dallas Mayoral Race Grows

Lawyer and former Clinton administration aide Regina Montoya and Democratic state Rep. Eric Johnson have officially filed for election for Dallas mayor.

While the unofficial tally of people vying to replace outgoing Mayor Mike Rawling is around 10, only six people have officially filed with the city. Friday is the last day to file.

Montoya and Johnson are joined by Oak Cliff businessman Albert Black; Dallas Councilman Scott Griggs; former presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy; and philanthropist Lynne McBee.

Those who have announced candidacies but have yet to file include real estate developer Mike Ablon, Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis, former State Rep. Jason Villalba, and Miguel Patino.

Regina Montoya

Montoya announced her intent to run for mayor last November.

A Harvard-trained attorney, she has served on a variety of civic and nonprofit boards in her nearly five decades in Dallas – most recently as the co-chair of the Mayor’s Poverty Task Force and a vice chair of the board of directors for both the DFW International Airport and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, known as MALDEF.

Eric Johnson

Johnson made the surprising announcement back in January that he was running for Dallas mayor.

In a statement, he said he has a “proven track record of working well with people from varying backgrounds in order to accomplish great things.”

Johnson, an attorney, served as the vice chairman of the House Redistricting Committee during the 85th legislative session and recently was chosen to serve as a delegate to the Democratic National Committee. He is also the chairman of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation and represents House District 100 in North Texas.

In the District 13 race, incumbent Jennifer Gates remains unopposed.

Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is the managing editor of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People. She curates special sections for People Newspapers like the fall and spring society special sections and 20 Under 40, as well as Faith and Living Well print content, daily web posts, and social media. With a strong background in community journalism, she believes that a city’s arts and entertainment scene is one that should be loved and supported. From luncheons to galas to museum openings and on and off-Broadway revivals, you can find her out and about on Instagram at Bianca_TBD. She also can be reached at [email protected]

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