Kunkle's Not Ready To Concede. But ... (Update: Former Chief Calls Mike Rawlings to Concede.)

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David Kunkle's once again at the San Francisco Rose watching election returns he'd probably like to return right now, given Mike Rawlings's commanding lead at the moment: 26,427 to 19,856. That said, the former Dallas Police chief isn't ready to give up just yet: "You fight the good fight, you do the best you can, and what happens happens," he just told me. "There's still a significant number of votes that haven't come in, so we'll see what happens."

But, he knows. He knows.

He tried to play small-ball against the candidate with the stacks of millions; he thought name recognition might pull the vote; he hoped he could prove a grassroots campaign could best one endorsed by Roger Staubach and most of the incumbent city council members ... not to mention the Dallas Citizens Council.

"I didn't want to disappoint people who supported my campaign," he said. "It was always my intention to run a small campaign and see if somebody could get elected mayor of Dallas through something other than the traditional route. Looking back there are a few things I might have done different, but I am happy with the kind of campaign I ran, and I wish the results were different."

He hasn't called Rawlings yet. But he's got nothing but nice things to say about him this evening.

"We've been together over 100 times, I'm guessing, and I resect the kind of campaign he ran," Kunkle says. "I'm not quite ready to concede yet, but once more of the city comes in, I'll offer my support to him."

Update at 9:20 p.m.: With 368 of 417 precincts reporting, it's all over: Rawlings 29,201, Kunkle 22,507. Kunkle has conceded. And in District 12, Sandy Greyson will be returning to Dallas City Hall with 3,569 votes to Donna Starnes's 2,881, with 24 of 27 precincts' results in.

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14 comments
elbueno
elbueno

Congrats Dallas! You really shook things up with this one! It'll only be a matter of time now before our public schools are great, our southern sector is ripe with development and All 500 of the Fortune 500 are doing business in Dallas...yes, it's a great day for Dallas! The Big D!

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Nobody voting on the horseshoe would hire Sarah Dodd, ummm  i mean, Kunkle as City Manager.  So he can forget that one.

Sarah Dodd, ummm, I mean Kunkle, should go back to plan B and apply as DISD Superintendant.  Kunkle's good friend, Morath can help him out there.Minus, of course, Sarah Dodd.

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MattL1
MattL1

I will say that I didn't vote for Mr. Rawlings.  However, we can probably do far worse than having a fellow Eagle in the Mayor's chair.  I wish him well and hope he surprises me.

Mike Dunlap
Mike Dunlap

A good choice by the people of Dallas. 

Admonkey
Admonkey

If Rawlings would fire Mary Schum and get Kunkle to agree to become City Manager, between the two of them locked together as Wonder Twins, shit would probably get done in Big D the way it should.

Rubbercow
Rubbercow

Cool!  I am just glad we are going to finally have a CEO type of person as Mayor!  I firmly believe that since all of the previous Mayors have focused like laser beams on neighborhoods and creating a decent city, and shown that to be an abject failure, we need a change!  Maybe now we can get some gd bridges built!

coolonion
coolonion

Maybe we'll all get ponies! :)

Watching
Watching

Well, said.   Rawlings' election as mayor is about as great for Dallas as a man over 30 catching the mumps.

Watching
Watching

Sounds like SP has either been rejected by S.Dodd in the past or has a crush on D.Kunkle and is bitter that he passed on Snookie Pie.

helen trent
helen trent

Snookie pie -- wow -- hate just spews through all of your comments.  Check back in a year and we will see if Mike Rawlings is Leppert 2 or his own man.  I suspect that since he thinks we still don't have all the info on the Trinity (we had it 13 years ago) we will be the same place we are now. 

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Kunkle could never be appointed City Manager because they don't want Sarah Dodd.

Admonkey
Admonkey

*Suhm**Vodka***Plenty of it

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