Wednesday, November 3, 2010
DALLAS -- The city of Dallas will have a new formation of city government when the newly elected officials take office, but only a few new faces will be included.
Brian Dalton, currently serving as the council president, received 50.4 percent of the votes to finish ahead of opponent and current City Councilor Ken Woods Jr. in the race for mayor, according to final unofficial election results.
Moving from mayor to city councilor, Jim Fairchild received the most votes for the council race, which attracted a field of nine candidates. The top four vote-getters were elected to council seats.
Joining Fairchild will be Jackie Lawson and newcomers Beth Jones and Mark McDonald.
Dalton described his reaction to the election outcome as "very pleased."
What started as a close race on Tuesday night with only a few hundred votes separating Dalton and Woods narrowed overnight. By Wednesday morning, Dalton had received 2,626 votes to 2,530 for Woods.
Woods' council seat was up for grabs this election, and as it stands now he will not be returning to serve on the council.
With Dalton apparently winning the mayor's race, his council position will be open in January. The new council will likely decide how to address the vacancy after it begins meeting in 2011.
City Recorder Emily Gagner said the council has the option of picking from the candidates not elected or taking applications from others interested in serving.