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 an award-winning journalist and former Managing Editor of Park Cities People. She currently serves as a Senior Editor with D Magazine's D CEO publication. You can reach her by email at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram @Bianca_TBD. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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