May 7, 1995 in Nation/World

Dallas First Big Texas City To Elect Black

Associated Press

Former Texas Secretary of State Ron Kirk was elected mayor of Dallas on Saturday in a landslide, becoming the first black elected mayor of any major city in the state.

With 865 of 875 precincts reporting, Kirk had 68,541 votes or 62 percent. Lawyer Darrell Jordan trailed with 24,933 votes, 23 percent, and City Councilman Domingo Garcia had 13,946 votes, 13 percent.

“I’ve always believed that if you had to choose between making history and making sense, you ought to make sense first,” said Kirk, who will be sworn in June 5. “What we did was articulate a vision that made sense to the voters of Dallas.”

Kirk, 40, served as secretary of state in 1994 under former Gov. Ann Richards before joining one of Dallas’ top law firms, Gardere & Wynne.

During the campaign, the three candidates agreed the city needs to attract new businesses, retain jobs and beef up police protection.

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