Former Chief Kunkle For Dallas Mayor? Maybe.

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Patrick Michels
At the beginning of the week, former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle had no intention of running for Dallas mayor. Today, he tells Unfair Park, that has changed.

While the 60-year-old Kunkle says he remains unsure of what he will do, chances are "greater that I will run than I won't run. The nature of my personality is, if I didn't think there was a probability, I would just shut everything down."

Kunkle says he was approached earlier this week by people he wouldn't name who thought him an ideal candidate -- not least of all, he says, because of his tenure as assistant city manager in Arlington. Kunkle says they convinced him to at least consider a run.

"This is probably one of the more unusual mayoral campaigns so far, I am guessing, because of the time frame and questions about who's in and who's out," he says, referring to the fact that only two candidates have thus far declared, and only one, council member Ron Natinsky, has any name recognition. "After people began talking to me, I believed voters needed a choice. And I was convinced I had name recognition and probably a reputation that candidates would pay a million dollars to get. While I don't have any kind of organization to put a campaign together in a matter of days, I do have something other candidates don't have."

Kunkle, who announced his retirement from law enforcement in November '09, says he will more than likely decide within the week. "But when I talked to other people and said, 'Tell me it's a stupid idea,' they said it's just the opposite," he tells Unfair Park. "I don't know what I am going to do. In the last 24 hours I got a crash course in how to run a campaign -- how to mange it, how to raise money, who's supporting who. I don't have any kind of mailing list, any kind of campaign manager, so I am having to learn as I go. I do know this: If I run, I will be a different candidate in all sorts of different ways."

Kunkle adds: He's spent enough years around city councils and mayors to know what the job demands. And that, he says, is what's causing him to lean toward running.

"I think I probably will have more knowledge about public policy, government process, even issues like economic development, because I've spent my whole life in this arena," he says. "As Arlington city manager, I understand all of that. And I am deliberate and thoughtful. But I've never been in an environment of something like a city council. I've been in an environment where people have to follow you, rather than the collaborative nature of the city council."

He laughs.

"But people I've spoken to say that won't be a problem for me. My temperament and experience and leadership will make me a strong, viable candidate."

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18 comments
Darkflow
Darkflow

Heavens to Betsy. He did a great job demoralizing the Dallas Police Force. He couldn't even reduce the Brat vehicle music in Dallas.

Candace McAfee
Candace McAfee

So "Marrying Sam" wants to be Mayor? I so hope NOT!

ihavequestions
ihavequestions

I say....tell me more....anyone not from the Citizens Council is a friend of mine

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I kinda like the idea. He's not perfect, but he never seemed to be in the employ of the Dallas Citizens Council.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

As I recall, one Rob Petrie was also approached about running for mayor, and eventually agreed to do so. He lost. Kunkel would be wise to keep that in mind.

richard schumacher
richard schumacher

He's head and shoulders above the current occupant and the gang of idiots who have declared so far. I just wish I felt better about seeing Laura Miller in the background of his photo on the DMN's front page. If she could be co-opted, can he also?

Jess
Jess

he might just like this gig.....

Jess
Jess

He just might like this gig....

Dummy
Dummy

He has my vote as long as he promises that, upon his election, he will change the title of mayor to commissioner.

Bob
Bob

There are only 1-2 people in town who could give Kunkle a crash course in running a mayoral campaign. So I'm wondering if that person has left her declared candidate at the alter or the declared candidate is about to announce he's dropping out?

Livinglarge0210
Livinglarge0210

You've got to be kidding! I'm guessing his young "trophy" wife is pushing him into this.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

That wasn't the question.

Will he like being the Mayor?

Bob
Bob

You definitely don't know Kunkle.

Jess
Jess

Maybe the number #1 commisioner

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Let me start over, will he like being chief of the city

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Kunkle says his wife, former Channel 11 reporter Sarah Dodd, had nothing to do with this. He was, as he says, approached about running. At which point, he began considering it.

Junec
Junec

Sarah Dodd, Kunkle's wife, and her company Dodd Communications will most likely benefit from Kunkle's campaign. This is the same company that consulted for the "keep the dollars in dallas" campaign, the recent (and controversial) pro liquor referendum that passed.

Bob
Bob

Agreed. Like I said, he's not the kind of guy who is "pushed" into anything.

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