Dallas Mayor Candidates Will Contest Runoff Election in June

Dallas mayoral candidates will contest a runoff election June 18 after voting yesterday failed to deliver the 50 percent majority needed for outright victory in the ninth-largest U.S. city.

Mike Rawlings, 56, a former Pizza Hut president, led with 41 percent of the vote with 532 of 555 precincts reporting, according to Dallas County records. He’ll face David Kunkle, 60, a former chief of police, who won 32 percent of the ballots to qualify for the runoff.

Ron Natinsky, 65, a City Council member, came third in the race with 25 percent of the votes.

“I will start fund-raising tomorrow morning,” Kunkle said in comments on WFAA television Channel 8 in Dallas.

The winner will set the city’s course as fiscal strains have led to spending cuts and tax increases in each of the past two years. Another deficit looms for the coming budget cycle, according to Dallas Morning News reports.

He will replace Dwaine Caraway, who got the job in February when Tom Leppert resigned to run for the U.S. Senate. Caraway, still a City Council member, didn’t seek a full term as mayor.

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