Former Presidential Candidate Runs for Dallas Mayor

Alyson Kennedy, 68, who was a 2016 presidential candidate, is running for mayor of Dallas.

While Kennedy, a member of the Socialist Workers Party, declared her candidacy for Dallas mayor in January, her application was officially filed with the city Feb. 6.

Her candidacy platform includes advocating for the improvement of the public transit system, a public jobs program to provide “union-scale wages”, and for the Dallas Police Department to address claims of police brutality, pointing to the killing of Botham Jean as an example of such claims.

While the unofficial tally of people vying to replace outgoing Mayor Mike Rawlings is around 10; Kennedy and Dallas Councilman Scott Griggs are the only candidates listed on Dallas’ election website.

Those who have announced candidacies include real estate developer Mike Ablon, philanthropist Lynn McBee, businessman Albert Black, lawyer and former Clinton administration aide Regina Montoya, Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis, former State Rep. Jason Villalba, and Miguel Patino.

In a D Magainze interview, said she is running in this election “to be a voice for the tens of thousands of working people in the Dallas area that are not part of this recovery they keep talking about.

“Working people face rising rents, home and farm foreclosures, increasingly unsafe working conditions, and a lot of workers have to work two and three jobs just to make it.”

Kennedy described the Socialist Worker Party as one that fights by working people and believes we live in a class-divided society.

Click here to read the entire Q&A.

The filing period for the May 4 election opened Jan. 16 and runs through Feb. 15.


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Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist and former Managing Editor of Park Cities People. She currently serves as a Senior Editor with D Magazine's D CEO publication. You can reach her by email at Bianca.Montes@Dmagazine or follow her on Instagram @Bianca_TBD. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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