Local Briefs

Posted on 26 Jul 2007 at 6:00pm
By Staff Reports

Leppert spent nearly $1 miilion of his own money; Oakley spent none

Tom Leppert spent nearly $1 million of his own money in his successful bid to become Dallas’ new mayor.

Campaign finance reports submitted July 16 show Leppert, a retired construction industry executive, lent himself $950,000 during his race against openly gay former City Councilman Ed Oakley.

Overall, Leppert raised and spent about $3.2 million, compared to Oakley’s roughly $1.8 million.

Oakley did not spend any of his own money on the race, according to the financial reports.

Leppert captured 58 percent of the vote to Oakley’s 42 percent in the June 16 runoff.

Oakley previously has said he believes the fundraising discrepancy, combined with his sexual orientation, cost him the contest. It marked the most expensive mayoral race in the city’s history.

Legacy of Success Foundation to hold second annual Linen Brunch

Legacy of Success Foundation will hold its second annual Linen Brunch on Aug. 12, at 11:30 a.m., at Creative Events of Dallas, 1333 B Oak Lawn Ave., in Dallas.

The host will be David Lewis.

For more information, call 214-762-3061.

Operation Kindness offers low-cost microchipping on Sunday

Operation Kindness will offer low-cost microchipping of dogs and cats Sunday, July 29, from noon to 4 p.m. at its Carrollton shelter, 3201 Earhardt Drive in Carrollton. The cost is $15 per animal and includes lifetime registration.

In the procedure, which takes less than 5 minutes, a microchip the size of a grain of rice is inserted just under the skin between the animal’s shoulder blades. The small chip is engraved with an exclusive ID number that identifies the animal when a special scanner is used. The chip also includes a toll-free phone number to call, and operators are on hand 24 hours a day to contact the pet’s owner.

No appointment is necessary, but there may be a wait depending on the number of animals in line. All dogs must be on leashes, and cats must be in carriers.

For more information, call 972-418-PAWS, or visit www.operationkindness.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 27, 2007

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