DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – By the end of the weekend, Dallas and Fort Worth will both have new leaders. Voters will head to the polls on Saturday for runoff elections in both cities. When elections were held last month, none of the mayoral candidates received a clear majority of the vote. So now, the candidates are set to square off again at the polls.
In Dallas, former Pizza Hut executive Mike Rawlings received 41 percent of the vote while former Dallas Police Department chief David Kunkle had 32 percent of the vote. But none of the candidates got the 50 percent needed to win.
The candidates have held several debates over the last five weeks, where they discussed issues ranging from the city’s budget shortfall to bridging the gap between north Dallas and south Dallas.
Meanwhile, in Fort Worth, voters had five mayoral candidates to pick between, again with no clear winner. Former Tarrant County tax assessor Betsy Price received 44 percent of the vote. Former Fort Worth councilman Jim Lane received 26 percent of the vote.
And just like in Dallas, the two mayoral candidates have faced each other in debates over the weeks leading up to Saturday’s runoff election. There is one key difference between the two candidates: Lane believes that Fort Worth needs a stronger city manager. Price thinks that the city council and the mayor should get the agenda for the city.
No matter which direction the voters go, in both cities, there will be new leaders in North Texas by Monday morning.