Mayor MillerIt’s early, of course. The next mayor’s election is not until May, 2007, but the wanna-bees are already buzzing around Madame Mayor, Laura Miller.
In the “Give Me a Break” category is Terrell Bolton. He couldn’t run a police department – much less a city. But some of the others have good credentials and could be substantial candidates, depending on which ones can collar the financial support.
Councilman Gary Griffith Phil RitterGromer Jeffers Jr. dropped the name of Phil Ritter in a recent Dallas Morning News column but didn’t give Ritter as much play as he might have. A senior vice president at Texas Instruments, Ritter plans a campaign next year and is already touting his business and leadership skills. Folks in the know say Ritter is well connected and could be the “establishment” candidate – if there is an establishment in Dallas anymore.
A couple of current council members and one former member could be interested. They include Gary Griffith, who represents the Lakewood-White Rock District 9, and Bill Blaydes, in the adjacent Northeast-Lake Highlands District 10. Banker and former council member Max Wells, a member of the D/FW Airport Board, also might take a look.
Other potential candidates include Rick Douglas of Staubach Co., onetime president of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce who has served on the board of the United Way. And Darrell Jordan, the former Dallas Bar Association honcho who lost to former Mayor Ron Kirk.
An embarrassment of riches, I’d say – although all of them obviously won’t end up as candidates. Still, it’s encouraging that this many able folks would even consider the job.