It was contentious, a lot. In fact, at one point almost anyone remotely affiliated with a Scott Griggs supporter was blocked by mayoral candidate Eric Johnson on social media. But in the end, he not only unblocked everyone, according to his campaign, but he also won a fairly combative race to become Dallas’ next mayor.

Johnson beat Griggs 55 percent to 44 percent.

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The tone Johnson took Saturday night was much lighter as he spoke to supporters after Griggs conceded. 

After making his way to the stage and hugging his wife, Johnson took a deep breath.

“This is one of those moments that you think you’re prepared for, but you’re just never prepared for something like this,” he said, going on to thank Griggs for his years of service to the city. (more…)

electionsThe cutoff to file to run for the Dallas city council, Dallas mayor, and Dallas ISD trustee seats open was 5 p.m. Feb. 15, and with 64 people total filing paperwork for the May elections, there are two things we can tell you for certain: Some races will likely resemble the Thunderdome, and you’ll be needing to head to the polls twice, because some of these races will undoubtedly land in a runoff.

So who’s running? We’re providing a list below. Bear in mind this list is in alphabetical order, not the order they will appear on the ballot, because that is done by drawing and will happen in a few days.

The mayoral race has drawn 12 candidates — real estate developer Mike Ablon, Oak Cliff businessman Albert Black, Dallas city council member Scott Griggs, State Rep. Eric Johnson, former Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy, philanthropist Lynn McBee, civic leader Regina Montoya, Dallas resident, Heriberto Ortiz, Dallas resident Miguel Patino, environmentalist Stephen Smith, Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis, and former state representative Jason Villalba. Ortiz, Patino, and Smith’s petition signatures have not been qualified at press time.

And Jon gave us a sneak preview of the surprise filing of Laura Miller, who will challenge incumbent Jennifer Staubach Gates for the District 13 seat, we now know who the rest of the names on area ballots will be, too. Ready? Let’s jump. (more…)

Nice sneak peak Saturday morning at the gorgeous Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center that opens in January, designed by Dallas architect Gus Hinojosa, Managing Principal, Hinojosa, Architecture & Interiors. I caught up with Gus, Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on a tour of the beautiful new facility.

Mayor Rawlings, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones

Karen Urie and Gus Hinojosa, architect

Turns out The Rees-Jones just lost a precious Golden Lab (so sorry!), but have two dogs they adopted from the SPCA! Mayor Rawlings was so impressed with the facilities he asked if he could board his Westie (actually, his son’s Westie) there during vacations!
It says so much about a city to see how well we treat our furry friends, with dignity, kindness and love. And with the opening of Jan’s namesake center, Dallas will be light years ahead of other cities in terms of animal compassion.The 40,000 square foot facility includes a spacious shelter for homeless animals that is just state of the art gorgeous, includes a community veterinary clinic and surgery suite to care for injured animals and neuter healthy ones, welcoming playrooms and outdoor green spaces where families can connect with adoptable pets, plus classrooms for teaching children about animal humanity and volunteer training. The Dealey Animal Care Center near downtown Dallas has been sold, and proceeds will be poured into the new center. The Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center is located at I-30 and Hampton, and Realtor Brian Davis was there with entourage touring, too.

“This is another wonderful reason why everyone should live in Oak Cliff and Kessler, ” Brian told me.

Proceeds from a neighborhood Lemonade stand for the SPCA