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Dallas Mayor’s Race Heads Into Run-Off Between Scott Griggs, Rep. Eric Johnson

Mayoral candidates Scott Griggs and Albert Black at Bisnow's 2019 Multifamily Annual Conference.

After months of campaigning, the race for Dallas mayor, which included plenty of commercial real estate dollars flowing into a few races, ended in a run-off contest between two existing politicians: Oak Cliff City Councilman Scott Griggs and Democratic state Rep. Eric Johnson. 

With all votes counted, none of the nine remaining candidates secured 51% of the vote, so the race is heading into a run-off between Griggs, who secured 18% of Dallas voters, and Johnson with 22%, according to official election results listed by the city of Dallas

The run-off election will be June 8.

Real estate developer Mike Ablon, city advocate and attorney Regina Montoya, philanthropist and education advocate Lynn McBee, businessman Albert Black, Dallas Independent School District board member Miguel Solis, attorney Jason Villalba and Socialist candidate Alyson Kennedy failed to secure enough votes to make it into the city’s top post or into the run-off election. 

Ablon and McBee caught attention early on with many believing District 13 of Dallas would turn out heavily and vote for the pair, D Magazine reported. Yet, the two finished third and fourth, respectively. 

In a Q&A with Bisnow in April, Griggs highlighted a comprehensive plan for ensuring ethical boundaries between developers and City Hall, while also noting plans to work on quality developments for Dallas and evaluate the impact of development on existing residents in the city.

Griggs said he supports efforts to create efficiencies in the permitting process downtown. 

Johnson entered the race late but with experience at the state level. While he is a Democrat serving in the Texas House of Representatives, Johnson secured financial backing from both the Republican and Democratic establishments and major heavyweights in big business, the Dallas Observer reported.

Fort Worth’s mayoral election ended more seamlessly with incumbent candidate Betsy Price securing her seat for a fifth consecutive term with more than 55% of the vote, the city of Fort Worth reported