After 12 years away from Dallas City Hall — where she served from 1998 to 2007, both as a City Council member from Oak Cliff and as Mayor — Laura filed feb. 15, 2019, to run for City Council District 13 in North Dallas, where she has lived since 2004. The election is May 4, 2019.
The district is at a critical juncture, Laura believes, requiring the kind of experienced, decisive leadership that helped her, among other things, save the Mercantile Bank Building downtown in 2005 and end the Wright Amendment in 2007.
“This election is a referendum about how our area will be developed, now and in the future, “ Laura says. “City Hall is poised to approve an unprecedented number of extremely high-density, hi-rise buildings being pushed by our current council member, despite overwhelming opposition from homeowners, and with no regard to existing traffic, parking and pedestrian problems. I support development throughout the District, but it must be balanced with the needs of the people who have to live with the consequences. Homeowners in District 13 are under siege, and they need an advocate, I’m happy to be that advocate.”
Doug Deason, Laura’s campaign treasurer and president of Deason Capital Services, LLC, believes that Laura will make sure that future development complements neighborhoods, instead of overwhelming them. “The developers have had the upper hand in District 13 for the past six years, and homeowners and small businesses are tired of City Hall ignoring their pleas for help. We need Laura Miller…before it’s too late.”
As someone in the Dallas City Secretary’s Office said to Laura when she filed her petitions, “I don’t think there’s a precedent for a former Mayor to run for City Council.”
Probably not. But she’s honored.
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