Angela Hunt – Will She Or Won’t She?
The Dallas Morning News reported today that Dallas Council Member Angela Hunt is considering running for Mayor of our fair city. Hunt represents District 14 which encompasses parts of downtown, Uptown and Oak Lawn.
“I’ve been very honored to be asked by a number of folks to consider leading our city as mayor and will consider that,” she said, in what was the most direct statement to date about her interest. – Dallas Morning News
Hunt and Mayor Tom Leppert have a history of conflict over what they think is best for Dallas. In spite of their differences they have somehow managed to deal with those in a mostly reasonable manner. Mostly. That can’t be said about our current County Commissioners (holy yikes). I know a number of people in the cycling community that would be happy to throw their support behind Hunt if she decides to run.
She’s known for her online presence. Hunt Tweets, she blogs, she Facebooks, she’s dialed in. She even answers email and has been known to post (and argue) on online forums. As far as cycling goes she was also one of the first Dallas Council Members to listen to the concerns raised about the lack of pedestrian and bicycle friendly amenities and infrastructure in Dallas.
She and Dallas Council Member Linda Koop (District 11) hopped on a big jet plane bound for the cities of Portland and Seattle to learn more about their respective street car and bicycle infrastructure. They returned with an armload of ideas and a sense of dedication to making measurable changes. She co-chairs the committee to update the 25 year old Bike Plan. She also helped promote the 2009 Bike to City Hall event.
Hunt was one of the more visible paramedics when it came to helping City Hall out of its bicycle unfriendly coma. The phrases “livable streets” and “bike friendly” are ones that she took seriously.
Dallas currently has the dubious distinction of being the “Worst City in the US for Bicycling,” but we’re working to change that. – Angela Hunt 2009
City Council Member Ron Natinsky (District 12) has also indicated that he might throw his hat in the ring and Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway is on record saying that he also has an interest in being the next Dallas Mayor. Keep in mind Leppert has not clearly said he does not plan to run again so look for more mayoral intrigue in Dallas soon. Candidates will officially start filing in February.
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