This week’s beginning of filing for the May city council elections didn’t reveal any great surprises. Most of the people who said they were going to run (which we’ve covered here, here and here) are still going to do it.
What I was curious about was if there would be any sort of anti-mayor faction lining up to oppose the mayor’s allies on the council. That doesn’t seem to be the case. Some of Leppert’s most reliable supporters, like Jerry Allen in Lake Highlands, don’t have an opponent yet. In fact, if anything, one of the members who has every once in a while opposed the mayor, Vonciel Jones Hill in District 5, may have an opponent. That’s former Dallas Park Board member Tiffinni Young, who is an ally of councilman Dwaine Carraway, perhaps Leppert’s biggest supporter on the council.
When the filing season ends in March, I’ll take another look at this and try to figure out what the next council could look like.