It's Official: Kunkle's Running for Dallas Mayor

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Patrick Michels
Former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller's husband Steve Wolens is Kunkle's campaign treasurer.
Last week, former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle said he was more than likely going to run for Dallas mayor -- as in, chances are "greater that I will run than I won't run." He didn't know when he'd announce, though.

But today, it's official: He's filed his papers with the City Secretary's Office naming a campaign treasurer. And it's none other than Laura Miller's husband, attorney and former state representative Steve Wolens.

"He's got a good reputation, he'll help me raise money and he believes in my campaign," Kunkle tells Unfair Park when asked about his decision to tap Wolens for that particular gig. A message has been left at Wolens' office.

As for why he opted to make it official sooner than later, Kunkle says he had no choice, given what he says was the positive response to late week's tease.

"I thought the response would be good, and it has been, and people want to help in raising money and doing fundraisers," he says. "But you can't do any of that till you identify a treasurer, so I couldn't take the next step. Which is why I took the next step today."

Update at 5:06 p.m.: On the other side, Steve Wolens says that signing on as Kunkle's campaign treasurer has "absolutely nothing" to do with his wife, a certain former Observer columnist-turned-Dallas mayor.

Former state Rep. Steve Wolens just called back to talk about why he's signed on as campaign treasurer for former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle's mayoral run. One thing Wolens wants to make very, very clear from jump: His wife, former Observer columnist and Dallas mayor Laura Miller has "nothing to do with this -- absolutely nothing to do with this. This is 100 percent David."

Says Wolens, Kunkle asked if he'd take the gig, and he signed on. Simple as that. Wolens, of course, got to know Kunkle during Miller's run as mayor.

"He's been responsible for 25 percent of the city's budget, and someone who can manage that can manage the city of Dallas," says Wolens. "He managed 35 percent of the city's workforce, and that's somebody who can be mayor. And the fact he's been assistant city manager of Arlington -- this is a nuts-and-bolts guy. He's visited with neighborhoods all over Dallas, from north to south. He knows City Hall inside and the city outside, and I think that makes him qualified. When the lights go out, that's the one guy I want to be in a dark room with. We have a lot of movie-star politicians out there. And he's not much of an entertainer. But he has a blue-chip resume."
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Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Steve Woolen had a life and name prior to knowing Laura Miller,please do not confuse the two. Don't hurt Kunkle because he happen to tap Steve to help him raise money.One thing wrong with Dallas people read to much wrong into simple actions.Give Kunkel a chance.

I Rubbed Jerry's Thigh
I Rubbed Jerry's Thigh

picking a scum plaintiffs lawyer and laura "i botched the cowboys" as cohorts is stupid -

he doesn't have a chance

LL
LL

Jerry was only using the Cotton Bowl as a bargaining tool to get what he wanted from Arlington. And if you want to blame anyone, blame Dallas County which didn't get on board, and the Dallas County Republicans who were afraid of the impact combining a stadium referendum with the general November election would have on their candidates. Additionally, Jerry World would have destroyed Fair Park -- which has the largest collection of Art Deco buildings and is a National Historic site.

G_David
G_David

Not to mention the fact that people could actually take mass transit to a location in Dallas, and not have to park a car. Can you imagine how much money THAT would have taken out of Jerah's pocket?

cp
cp

Jesus Christ, I can't believe there are people STILL out there who are both: a) reading this blog who also, b) think LaMiler is to blame for somehow "losing" the Cowboys.

scottindallas
scottindallas

It's not yet clear whether "losing the Cowboys" was a good idea or not. We've had season tickets since they were a team, but we've never spent a dime in Irving and only once in Arlington--to get gas, aside from what we did in the stadium. I'm not sure there is a fiscal justification for building these stadiums. Time might tell, then again, the truth may never come out.

ihavequestions
ihavequestions

Funny how WFAA just did a very brief 30 second story about Kunkle. It was as if it were done with clenched teeth. Now I wonder what that means??????

Larry
Larry

I like Kunkel, but any connection with Laura Miller (the original mama of the Trinity-River-Toll-Road-inside-the-levees) does make me nervous.

LL
LL

Please get your history straight -- the Trinity was pushed by Ron Kirk and Lee Jackson and that group. I know for certain since I was one of the lead opposition on the first go round and had the "honor" of debating them. It wasn't a good idea then, still isn't, but it wasn't Ms. Miller's idea.

Larry
Larry

Um, when Miller became Mayor, she undertook and effort to get the project redesigned. The project sucked before the current incarnation, and Miller was right to seek a total re-do. But the "Balanced Vision Plan" which brought the toll road inside the levees was a legacy of the revised plan and Miller. It's true that the designers, Bill Eager and Alex Krieger intended a Trinity "Parkway" which morphed in to a high speed toll road, but all that happened under MILLER.

LL
LL

The road from the beginning was inside the levees. Nothing to do with Miller.

cp
cp

Have you been reading this paper very long?

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

4th, 5th..who cares about the number. Although you G_David...agreed with me (albeit in a sarcastic way).Dallas needs a visionary!!! What do we want to be as a city? What credentials does he have to push this city (with the highest immigration in the USA) to help us become a beacon of progress for this whole nation? I dont know the guy. He's probably very good at what he does, but we need a little something extra. Someone that can help us dream big. A cop? A cop really?

cp
cp

You mean like the Trinity River Vision? Because after 12 years it's still just exactly that.

Syd_Nancy
Syd_Nancy

Will he be using Steve and Laura's PR Firm Allen and Company?

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

"Mayor Kunklenator" has a nice ring to it...

dmidkiff
dmidkiff

Do you like being....Mayor of Dallas?

RS1963
RS1963

I think Kunkle is great, but my guess is that the behind-the-scenes workings were the powerbrokers not thrilled with Natinsky (honestly, who would be?) and scared of Hunt were trying to find someone who could step in with name recognition and be a safe bet.

Does his relationship with Laura Miller cancel that out? Not anymore - she sold her soul to the Dallas Citizens Council and their cohorts a long time ago. So, so, so sad....

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

He may be a great guy and a class act. But I think the 4th largest city in the USA needs a visionary not a big cop. Unless we want to become something more like Detroit.Futhermore, any association with Laura Miller...(another non visionary..remember we dont have the Cowboy Stadium, after 10+ years theres not Trinity River Project, etc, etc ) removes any chances of getting my vote.My vote will be for Angela Hunt.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Juan, that could go both ways. He has the stature to come in and call stupid ideas what they are. He has the clout to make sensible cuts to the police force. The discussion hasn't been framed this way, but it needs to be, do we spend our scarce resources on prisons and cops or on schools and health?

I will be waiting to hear more from him, but he could cut police budgets far more effectively than could a civilian.

ihavequestions
ihavequestions

You got your visionary with the queen, Queen Mary Suhm that is.Ol' girl is the one running this town. That's what is so funny about those who don't want the strong mayor in office. We got her already-LOL!

Bob
Bob

1. Detroit? You mean, we are abut to lose our manufacturing base plunging us into economic despair?

2. He's like Laura Miller in that he wants to focus on services. Do I want to pay those taxes for a stajium? Nope. The Trinity was sold to us during the Kirk years, remember?

3. Hunt, like Miller, also has a strong focus on services. Some cal this being a pothole mayor.

G_David
G_David

Absolutely, the 4th largest city in the U.S. needs a visionary. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if Houston has an opening at the position.

MikeB
MikeB

That wasn't the question...

JS
JS

Who's hotter -- Laura Miller or Sarah Dodd Kunkle?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Sarah, hands down..Laura Miller reminds me of a middle age Jr. League graduate who now works in real-estate...

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Looks as if I found the person i'll be voting in as mayor..While I love Angela Hunt, I've met the chief at my dad's retirement a few years back, a total class act and someone who can lead Dallas more efficiently than the current windbag...;)

RC
RC

Thank god! Anyone not from the citizens council gets my vote.

Buckeye
Buckeye

Will his supporters will be known as Kunkleheads? You saw it here first.

Enrique De La Fuente
Enrique De La Fuente

A lot of guys at the Dallas Country Club either spilled or spewed their drinks.

RC
RC

Hilarious and yet brilliant.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Cool. Can't wait to hear what he has to say

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