Tim O’Hare, the mayor we love to hate, won’t run again

The 41-year-old Farmers Branch mayor told the Dallas Morning News he won’t run again because his wife is expecting their first child, and he wants to focus on his personal injury law practice.

O’Hare made national headlines in 2008 with an ordinance banning landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. And he ticked off all of Oak Cliff when he defended the policy in an email saying he didn’t want Farmers Branch to be like Oak Cliff.

Here’s what it said:

“My family has been here since 1956 and almost everyone that I consider family lives here. I don’t want us to have to move. I don’t want to have to live somewhere else. But, I’m not going to live in Oak Cliff, which is what we are becoming and going to become if we don’t make some serious changes and spend some money.”


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  • Lilia Estrada

    No matter the issue a City leader should never take sides, for the good of his own city. Unfortunatley Mr. O’Hare was part of the wedge that divided the city of Farmers branch when it came to the issue of immigration and apartment dwellings.Great leaders are created from their experinces,when the experince is used to learn from. Perhaps being Mayor of Farmers Branch will be useful when it comes to any future challenges and or endevors Mr. O’Hare delves into. The Best of Luck to Mr. O’Hare who makes me glad that I live in the wonderful and accepting city of Dallas.

  • MARIA

    I wish they would be so lucky to become something like Oak Cliff. It’s usually the people that live in sterile environments that don’t survive well in the real world. You can only run so far and so many times before you have to interact with those that you are running away from. Fear that’s all this is. How sad that some choose such a narrow minded way of life.