Real Estate Council Lists Dallas City Council Endorsements; Leland Burk Balks Over Choice of Jennifer Staubach Gates in District 13 Race

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The Dallas Real Estate Council made its recommendations for all contested Dallas City Council races, but there’s a bit of bitterness over the council’s choice in District 13.

Rudy Bush at the DMN’s Local Politics blog has the full story. Basically, by choosing Jennifer Staubach Gates over Leland Burk in District 13, the council showed that “the fix was in,” campaign manager Clayton P. Henry said. Staubach Gates’ husband, John Gates, is on the board of the Real Estate Council, Henry offered as evidence.

“Pulling strings will not sit well with the voters of District 13,” he added.

Folks on the sidelines see this race going down in a spending spree. Both candidates are heavyweights with big budgets and connections. Outgoing District 13 representative Ann Margolin has endorsed Leland Burk, and Jennifer Staubach Gates has a pedigree and connections that would take ages to sort through.

In District 14, Bobby Abtahi added another nod to his list of endorsements. (Full disclosure: Candy Evans, founder of, endorsed Abtahi for District 14.)

The Real Estate Council made no recommendation in District 4, wh

Other endorsements include:

District 1: Delia Jasso (incumbent)
District 2: Adam Medrano
District 3: Vonciel Hill (incumbent)
District 5: Rickey Callahan
District 6: Monica Alonzo (incumbent)
District 7: Carolyn Davis (incumbent)
District 8: Tennell Atkins (incumbent)
District 11: Lee Kleinman

Do you agree with the endorsements?

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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