Dallas County Member Adam McGough Decided Against Running For Mayor

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After he thought about running for mayor for “a long time,” Dallas County board member Adam McGough announced Tuesday that he would certainly rather look for a third term as Lake Highlands’ and also much northeast Dallas’ representative.

McGough, that worked for Mayor Mike Rawlings before he was elected to council, stated he eventually chose he has actually been most efficient “dealing with little teams of individuals on large targets, big items for our public.”

City council member Adam McGough.
“I like viewing the community come to life and obtain points completed,” claims County council member Adam McGough. (Photo by/

Working as mayor, he stated in a meeting, “is much more surface-level partnerships, pushing big ideas however with much less real communication as well as relocating the needle onward.”

McGough, 41, was first chosen as Area 10’s council participant in 2015, when he beat Paul Reyes in an overflow election by 36 votes. He ran unopposed in 2017.

Throughout his tenure, McGough has actually revealed safety and also code issues central to his work. McGough, that is a moderator by trade, aided change the city’s housing standards as well as became part of the group that negotiated an offer to preserve the flagging Dallas Cops and also Fire Pension System.

Nevertheless, he said several of the work he has found most satisfying was of a smaller sized range – for example, safeguarding mutual fund for a new Forest Environment-friendly branch collection as well as an addition at the Willie B. Johnson Regeneration Center.

“I love watching the public come alive as well as obtain points completed,” he said.

McGough started his job with Town hall as a public prosecutor. He signed up with Rawlings’ team in 2013 as the mayor’s GrowSouth chief and also was later on advertised to principal of personnel. He operated in the latter duty throughout the city’s response to the 2014 Ebola crisis.

His links as a council participant and city staffer – as well as his support from public safety and security groups – appeared in 2014 to make him a sensible potential candidate for mayor. But the field ended up being extra crowded in current months with both experienced political leaders and also prospects with deep pockets.

McGough’s council associate Jennifer Staubach Gates additionally took into consideration a mayoral run, nevertheless made a decision against it last year in favor of a re-election project. Their choices probably leave north Oak cliff’s Scott Griggs – who is term-limited – as the only sitting council participant who is running to succeed Rawlings.

At Tuesday’s re-election project launch, Rawlings introduced McGough.

McGough might serve 2 even more 2-year terms on the council prior to he is term restricted. He will not be unopposed this time. City Hall gadfly Keith Sirrano Baldeo has actually filed to run in the Area 10 race.

The filing target date for all city races is Feb. 15. The City board and mayoral political elections will be May 4.

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