Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving Headed for Mayoral Runoffs

Multiple cities will have mayoral runoffs

Voters in some of the biggest cities in North Texas will have to head to the polls once more to select a mayor.

In Dallas, the city's former homeless czar Mike Rawlings earned 41 percent of the vote and will be in a June runoff with former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle, who had 32 percent. City Councilman Ron Natinsky came in third with 25 percent.

Rawlings, who has been chief executive of three companies and pledged to improve economic development, had raised the most money -- more than $1.6 million -- for a massive ad campaign. Kunkle has the most name recognition and touted his record of reducing crime but had raised about $184,000. On Saturday night, Kunkle said he planned to start raising more money heading into the runoff.

The Dallas mayor's seat was vacated by Tom Leppert earlier this year when he announced he would run for Hutchison's seat in 2012. She is retiring.

In Fort Worth, former tax assessor Betsy Price, who pledges to cut city spending, earned 43 percent of the vote. She will be in a June runoff with former Councilman Jim Lane, who says he has the most municipal experience and got 26 percent of the vote. Former Councilwoman Cathy Hirt trailed with 21 percent.

Fort Worth had what many called the first competitive race in decades after a series of longtime mayors, including Mike Moncrief, who decided not to seek reelection after eight years in office.

A runoff is required when a single candidate does not garner more than 50 percent of the vote.

Irving voters will have to decide between Herbert Gears and Beth Van Duyne in the runoff. Van Duyne took 41 percent of the vote to Gears' 38 percent (as of the publishing).

For additional election results, click here: Elections 2011

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