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Dallas Police Assoc. Endorses Natinsky

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 6:00 PM CDT
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Dallas Police Assoc. Endorses Natinsky

Frank Heinz

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The Dallas Police Association PAC voted Tuesday to endorse City Councilmember Ron Natinsky in his bid for the mayor's office.

Running against Natinsky is former Dallas Chief of Police David Kunkle, who retired in 2010, and business leader Mike Rawlings.  Current Mayor Tom Leppert is not running for reelection.

"After careful consideration, the Dallas Police Association PAC board unanimously decided that Ron Natinsky is the best person to lead Dallas through the challenges our city faces over the next several years,” said Glenn White, president of the Dallas Police Association.

In a news release issued Wednesday, White added that the DPA has known and worked with Natinsky for many years – during the past eight years serving on the Dallas City Council, and before that, when Natinsky served as vice chair of the Dallas Citizens Police Review Board.

The association also noted Dallas' reduction in crime as a reason for supporting Natinsky, but it's certianly worth noting that Kunkle was chief during five of the eight years mentioned by the DPA where the city benefitted from a large increase in officers and new equipment.

“After looking closely at all the candidates, we believe we made the best decision for the men and women in blue,” said White.

A formal announcement from Mike Rawlings on his candidacy is expected Thursday.

Election Day is May 14.

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