Dwaine Caraway Does Dallas

March 2, 2011  |  

(TheLoop21) —  While the rest of the world has been following the antics of Charlie Sheen, Caraway has had a rather eventful last three weeks as well. After Super Bowl Sunday, Caraway took a beating in the media for the way he chose to thank Michael Vick for speaking directly with Dallas-area youth. Then as soon as the Packers left town with the trophy, a small group of his city council colleagues quietly attempted a coup to push him out of the city’s number two position as Mayor Pro Tem. But Caraway, undeterred, held his ground and as a result, he takes over as Dallas’ second African American mayor this week.

Caraway’s opportunity came to light after former Republican Mayor Tom Leppert vacated the seat to run forU.S. Senate. Caraway will be mayor until special elections are held on May 14th and newly elected mayor takes office June 11th. He has elevated his assistant Stephanie Pegues-Cooper to Chief of Staff and retained  Leppert’s former Chief of Staff Chris Heinbaugh.  As a Dallas business day drew to a close and Caraway sat in his office preparing to ascend to the city’s highest office, he offered reflections to theLoop21 on what lies ahead for the next three months.  “It’s a responsibility that I’m greatly and deeply appreciative of (for) the opportunity,” said Caraway from his office that feature photos of Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, with a life-sized cutout of President Barak Obama. “The responsibility is to shoulder the burdens of the entire city of Dallas.”

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