Dallas, TX – Three Dallas City Council members have reached their term limit and will not be able to run for re-election., including openly gay Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, who represents District 2, which includes part of the Gay neighborhood Oak Lawn. Dallas limits council members to four consecutive two-year terms. Each of the 14 seats on the Dallas City Council is contested, with more than 50 candidates having filed to run. In addition to Medrano, the City Council has two other gay incumbents: Omar Narvaez in District 6 and Chad West in District 1.

            Six candidates have filed to replace Medrano on the council. One of them Jonas Park, the only openly gay candidate among the six, has started several businesses and is best known for organizing the community to keep Sam’s Club out of the neighborhood.  Leland Burke, who is gay and ran eight years ago, is a real estate investor.

            West, an attorney, faces three challengers in his bid for a second term on the council. Narvaez is running for a third term. The last day to register to vote in Dallas city elections is April 1. Early voting begins April 19 and runs through April 27. Election Day is May 1, but with this many candidates running, runoffs are almost guaranteed. (Dallas Voice – David Taffet at https://dallasvoice.com/every-seat-contested/)