Today (Saturday) was the first of several rounds of runoff elections for races not decided by the May 4 uniform election.
Dallas: Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) defeated council member Scott Griggs, 56%-44%, to become the city’s next mayor. Griggs fared best in the Oak Lawn area, West Dallas and the White Rock Lake area. Johnson dominated South Dallas, particularly East Oak Cliff, and North Dallas.
A special election will be needed to fill Johnson’s unexpired term. It will likely coincide with the November constitutional amendment election.
Incumbent D4 council member Carolyn King Arnold defeated challenger Dawn Blair, 53%-47%. In the city’s closest race, Adam Bazaldua narrowly defeated former council member Tiffinni Young by 92 votes. Both candidates took turns leading during the evening after Bazaldua had a 76-vote lead after early voting. Paula Blackmon won open D9 over Erin Moore, 52%-48%. Challenger David Blewett defeated incumbent D14 council member Philip Kingston, 54%-46%.
San Antonio: Mayor Ron Nirenberg narrowly defeated council member Greg Brockhouse, 51%-49%. Nirenberg led Brockhouse by 2,775 votes after early voting, which meant Brockhouse needed about 55% of the Election Day vote to overtake the incumbent. For a couple of hours, Brockhouse was at 52%-53% of the vote on Election Day, but late-counted boxes favored Nirenberg, preserving his re-election bid. Turnout citywide was 15.4%.
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