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Mayoral Ballots Set for May Election

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    With the candidate filing period closing Monday, the ballots are set for this May's election.

    Four people are in the running for Dallas mayor, including former police chief David Kunkle, Dallas Park Board president Mike Rawlings, businessman Edward Okpa and councilmember Ron Natinksy.

    Tarrant County Tax Assessor Betsy Price and former city councilmembers Jim Lane and Cathy Hirt are in the race for the 46th mayor of Fort Worth as well as former State Rep. Dan Barrett and filmmaker Nicholas Zebrun.

    Neither incumbent in Fort Worth or Dallas are filing for reelection.  Fort Worth's Mike Moncrief is retiring from politics after 40 years and Dallas' Tom Leppert resigned as mayor of Dallas to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Kay Baily Hutchison.  Current Dallas interim Mayor Dwaine Caraway has long said he had no intention of running for the city's top office.

    In Arlington, Mayor Robert Cluck is seeking reelection and will face Carl Scrivner, an IRS agent who lost a race for the District 5 seat in 2005.  Cluck has been the mayor of Arlington since 2003.

    Incumbent mayor of Frisco Maher Maso is seeking his second term in office and will be challenged by attorney Tom Smith.  Smith is the former regional counsel for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

    Irving mayor Herbert Gears is also running for reelection and he'll have a lot of competition. Also in the four-way race are former Irving Mayor Joe Putnam and former Irving City Council members Tom Spink and Beth Van Duyne.

    Election Day is May 14.