Former Dallas mayor Laura Miller filed to run for City Council against Jennifer Staubach Gates Friday in the Preston Hollow neighborhood – a last minute move that caught even veteran politicos by surprise. So why should Lake Highlands residents follow the race?
Staubach Gates’ district reaches east past U.S. 75 all the way to White Rock Creek and includes areas Lake Highlanders lay claim to, including Moss Park soccer fields, Royal Oaks Country Club and Creekside center’s Alamo Drafthouse. She represents Timbercreek, at Skillman and Northwest Highway, and the mixed-use development planned on Greenville Avenue near Walnut Hill where Calloway’s Nursery and the old Jason’s Deli now sit.
Miller, 60, told city hall reporters Friday she’s “mellowed” since retiring as mayor 12 years ago, but she’s been clashing with Staubach Gates lately about the pace of development in District 13. And she’s especially irked about plans to build a parking garage at Preston Center, Northwest Highway and Preston Road.
“The homeowners in our area are under siege by developers, who are fully supported by our councilwoman without regard to traffic, pedestrian and parking problems,” Miller said. “And the homeowners need an advocate, and I’m happy to be their advocate.”
District 10 voters tend to cheer new development such as Creekside and celebrate new businesses like Fireside Pies, coming soon to the center. Although Councilmember McGough doesn’t technically represent the corner, he has touted a strong working relationship with Staubach Gates and previously said the two cooperated to bring new development.
You can follow the District 13 council race at www.prestonhollow.advocatemag.com. Election Day is May 4.