Albert Black Jr. in a 2011 Advocate file photo.

Oak Cliff resident Albert Black Jr. is running for mayor.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ tenure ends next summer, and Black is the first official contender for the May 2019 Dallas mayoral election.

“Generally candidates begin officially lining up for the May city elections in late fall or winter,” writes Gromer Jeffers Jr. of the Dallas Morning News, “but Black has been laying the foundation for a campaign for nearly 10 months.”

Black, 58, is chairman of the Dallas Housing Authority Board and also served as chairman of the Dallas Regional Chamber. He and his wife, Gwyneith, founded On Target Supplies & Logistics in 1982. They live on Kessler Lake Drive.

The Blacks are major political donors. They donated $15,650 to education reform school board candidates from 2011-2017.