Rawlings, the former president of Pizza Hut and current managing partner of a private equity fund with revenues of $2.5 billion, hired former Haggar Apparel Co. CEO Joe Haggar as his treasurer and filed papers with the city.
“I have known Mike for decades, and I know he has a great heart for all of the city. His
experience as chief executive of Pizza Hut and as a volunteer leader as Homeless Czar and Park Board Chairman will serve us well,” said Haggar in a news release.
Rawlings has served as the Chair of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, President of the Dallas Park and Recreation Board and was awarded the Anti-Defamation League’s Humanitarian of the Year for 2010.
“Dallas has had a tremendous history but for us to be a truly great city in the 21st century we have many challenges to face. Our Mayor needs to be a leader who will bring together our entire city to meet those challenges, and I am excited about exploring the possibilities of leveraging my skills to do just that,” Rawlings said in a news release issued Thursday.
Rawlings joins Dallas City Councilman Ron Natinsky and former Dallas Chief of Police David Kunkle in the mayor's race.
Election Day is May 14.