Dallas Mayor Annette Strauss and former San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell jumped to large leads in their mayoral elections Saturday as Texas voters cast ballots in municipalities across the state.
If they win, the three largest cities in Texas will be run by women. Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire faces election in November and is expected to seek a fifth term.With 21 percent of the precincts in Dallas reporting, Strauss led a four-person field with 76 percent, 18,774 votes, far ahead of her nearest competitor, lawyer Peter Lesser, with 4,877 votes, 19 percent. With 179 of 243 precincts reporting in San Antonio, Cockrell was leading a field of seven candidates with 60 percent, or 36,611 votes. Her nearest challenger, Carl Mauthe, had 31 percent, 19,100 votes.
Election officials in both Dallas and San Antonio reported low voter turnout.
In Dallas, media polls had indicated Strauss would be successful in her bid for a second two-year term.
In El Paso, Suzie Azar appeared to be the leading candidate in a field of six to succeed four-term Mayor Jonathan Rogers. State Rep. Paul Moreno was another strong candidate and the only Hispanic in the race. A runoff was expected.