Tuesday, March 5, 2024 Mar 5, 2024
63° F Dallas, TX


By Ruth Miller Fitzgibbons |

POLITICS You’ll recall that council member JIM BUERGER, a self-made millionaire, made a run at the mayor’s office back in 1987 but was crushed by ANNETTE STRAUSS. Happily. Buerger didn’t take the loss as a permanent setback. He saw it simply as a message from Those Who Know How We Do Things Here to retool his campaign-which has been ongoing ever since.

That meant earning some stripes the old-fashioned way: by civic service (on the DART board) and launching a do-good project, like Adopt-A-Block.

So far, so good. But some feel Jim’s maneuvering has gotten out of hand. Political sages JACK EVANS and HERSCHEL BROWN reportedly pulled Buerger aside and called him down after his seemingly self-serving attempts to barge into the delicate political process that produced the 10-4-1 plan. Disgruntled Buerger-watchers claim that he stirred up JOHN WILEY PRICE price and other minority leaders, inviting them into the fray so that he could be seen mediating between the two sides. Buerger urged a delay while a compromise could be sought, but the plan backfired, and as everyone knows by now, the result was The Long, Hot Summer of Racial Demagoguery.

It takes more than a scolding, though, to keep Jim Buerger down. He will be distributing a chirpy newsletter this fall to keep his at-large constituents abreast of his council concerns and achievements. Buerger’s media guru ROB ALLYN says the two talk politics almost every week and that the councilman will “keep touching base” with his political committee. Allyn admits that Buerger hungers for the mayor’s job, but adds that, “of the eleven sitting members of the council, at least ten of them would like to be mayor.”

Related Articles


New Communities Foundation of Texas Leader Wayne White Is All in for the Community

The CEO brings extensive corporate and nonprofit experience to his new role at the helm of the social impact organization.
Executive Travel

On the Road: A Weekend at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country and TPC San Antonio

The family-friendly resort, situated on 600 acres of rolling South Texas hills, boasts a waterpark, two pristine golf courses, and fare to remember.
Commercial Real Estate

CBRE Sues Chris Hipps, Claims Breach of Noncompete for Move to Cushman & Wakefield

Along with putting its longtime executive "in the garden" for up to two years, CBRE is seeking as much as $1 million in relief.