Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert resigns before term is up
He would not confirm publicly that he's running for Senate.
“There's never been a dull moment,” he said. “I feel like we faced up to some very tough challenges and we made some great accomplishments for our city. Now, though, I feel I can better serve our city, region, and state in a new capacity.”
Leppert failed to confirm that he will be running for Senate. “I won't say more on that now,” he said, instead hinting that we'd hear more about his future plans soon.
Leppert listed a few of the council's accomplishments, including the fact that the city is safer and that their efforts helped boost economic development. He then blasted the tax increase and said the council had significant work to do in the coming years.
“The painful choices that we faced last year were only deferred. Raising taxes didn't let you escape the tough choices; it only delayed them,” he said. “High taxes hurt our competitiveness and they also drive down property values. That's simply not how you grow a city.”
And yet, Leppert said he still remains “enormously confident about our city's future” and praised city manager Mary Suhm and city attorney Tom Perkins for their hard work. He also thanked the council but said nothing specifically about Dwaine Caraway, the current mayor pro tem who is slated to take Leppert's place until the new mayor is elected. (Caraway was recently chastised for giving Michael Vick a “key to the city.”)
“It has been an honor to serve with each and every one of you,” Leppert said at his last Dallas city council meeting.
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