Six of the nine candidates for Mayor of Dallas on the May 4 ballot faced off at a forum Monday night, moderated by NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff. Write in candidate Steve Smith was a seventh candidate at the event.
The forum took place at Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Oak Cliff.
Ballot candidates Lynn McBee, Scott Griggs, Mike Ablon, Miguel Solis, Regina Montoya and Albert Black participated.
State Rep. Eric Johnson said he would be in Austin with the Texas Legislature in session. Former State Rep. Jason Villalba said he had a conflict and could not attend this forum. Candidate Alyson Kennedy also missed the event Monday.
More than 250 people watched the forum in person and more saw it streaming live online at NBCDFW.com. Clips of the forum will remain available for online viewers.
SMU Political Science expert Cal Jillson said this Dallas mayoral election is different than others in that no clear front runner has emerged. Jillson said municipal election voters start to pay closer attention in the final weeks before Election Day, so forums like this one can make a difference for the candidates in this large field.
The forum was sponsored by Heritage Oak Cliff and Cliff Temple Baptist Church.
Early voting begins April 22.
The candidates' answers to each question can be viewed in full below.