The race to replace term-limited Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano in Dallas City Council District 2 is heating up.
Dallas ISD trustee Adam Medrano, Pauline Medrano’s nephew, has filed to run, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Adam Medrano resigned from his position as a supervisor in the Park and Recreation department last month, which was a requirement to run. He’ll have to resign from the school board if elected.
Pauline Medrano has a strong record of supporting the LGBT community, and her nephew has ridden alongside her more than once in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. Adam Medrano also voted in favor of LGBT-inclusive policies prohibiting bullying and harassment as a member of the Dallas school board.
Openly gay real estate developer Herschel Weisfeld also plans to run in District 2. Weisfeld initially told us he planned to file last Friday, but as of today he still had not done so. Dallas hasn’t had an openly gay council member since Ed Oakley resigned in 2007 to run for mayor.
With the district covering most of Oak Lawn, as well as parts of downtown and East Dallas, it’s one of the gayest, if not the gayest, council districts, so Weisfeld and Medrano will have to compete for the LGBT vote.
Medrano did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.