DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway says he won’t officially endorse any of the candidates running for Mayor of Dallas, but he says he supports fellow council member Ron Natinsky.
Caraway will become acting Mayor on Friday, filling out the term left vacant by Mayor Tom Leppert’s resignation. Leppert is expected to announce his bid for the U.S. Senate next week.
“We’re going to talk about how we’re going to continue to work together and I use the word ‘continue’ because that’s what we’ve been doing” says Caraway.
But Caraway acknowledges an effort to oust him as Mayor Pro Tem, which could have prevented him from becoming acting Mayor on Friday. “Those few that were, were those who had a difference of opinion, but their process and their effort didn’t get off the ground” says Caraway.
Caraway says the most pressing issue ahead, politically, is re-districting, a process that takes places every 10 years. In terms of the city’s finances, Caraway and other council members say they expect there will be layoffs when the next budget is finalized in September. Caraway says many cuts will have to be made and city programs will also be reviewed.
Should Caraway be unable to serve as Mayor for any reason, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano is next in line to serve in that position. Medrano represents City Council District two and she is the daughter of labor and civil rights activist Francisco “Pancho” Medrano.
“I think that, number one, it’s a great opportunity for us to turn the page” says Medrano. “Mayor Leppert will be gone by tomorrow and it’s a great responsibility, the leadership role that we do have” she says.