While Amarillo is preparing for what is sure to be a high-profile mayoral contest this May, one Texas city’s race is already in full swing.
On Monday, former Republican State Representative Jason Villalba announced he would be mounting a campaign for mayor of Dallas. Villalba’s entry into the race marked the eighth candidate to officially join the contest to replace the outgoing Mayor Mike Rawlings.
Villalba served in the Texas House of Representatives, until losing his March 2018 primary to Lisa Luby Ryan. Villalba gained critics for his controversial Twitter posts during his time in office.
Along with Villalba, seven other candidates are seeking Dallas’ top job. Among these candidates are Miguel Solis, Mike Ablon, Albert Black Jr., Larry Casto, Lynn McBee, and Regina Montoya, according to the Texas Scorecard.
The election will be held in May 2019.