Hillary Clinton Makes Endorsement in Dallas Mayoral Race

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is wading into Dallas politics.On Wednesday, the campaign for Dallas lawyer Regina Montoya announced she has the endorsement of Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former U.S. Secretary of State and first lady.Clinton in a statement said she and Montoya have “been friends and colleagues for decades.”“In that time, I have watched her grow as a civic leader,” the endorsement said. “She is committed to her community of Dallas, her state, and our country. Regina has dedicated her life to making sure everyone has access to opportunity. She is exactly the kind of leader and role model we need to have in public service today.”While she is one of the biggest political names in the country, Clinton’s endorsement in the Dallas race isn’t much of a surprise. Montoya worked on Bill Clinton’s White House staff as his assistant for intergovernmental affairs in the early 1990s.Montoya was also one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest Texas fundraisers in 2016. As one of a few dozen “Hillblazers” in Texas — bundlers who raised over $100,000 — Montoya and her husband, former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins, hosted a fundraising stop for Clinton in November 2015.The mayor’s race is nonpartisan, but Montoya said she was “proud to have the endorsement” of her “longtime friend.”“I want to make a difference in people's lives, and her support in this mission means the world to me,” Montoya said.The announcement of Clinton’s endorsement dovetailed with a fundraising push from Montoya’s campaign. The next deadline in the Dallas mayoral and City Council races is April 4, when the first of two campaign finance reports are due before Election Day.  Continue reading...

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