Dan Pope

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Dan Pope
35th Mayor of Lubbock, Texas
Assumed office
May 17, 2016 (2016-05-17)
Preceded byGlen Robertson
Personal details
Born
Daniel Manning Pope

(1963-03-19) March 19, 1963 (age 58)
Temple, Texas
Political partyRepublican
Children2
Alma materTexas Tech University
OccupationBusinessman
Websiteci.lubbock.tx.us/city-council/mayor

Daniel Manning Pope (born March 19, 1963) is an American businessman and politician. He is the 35th Mayor of Lubbock, Texas, and is currently serving his third term.

Early life[edit]

Pope was born in Temple, Texas to Bert and Marcia Pope and graduated from Temple High School. He is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Pope attended Texas Tech University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the Rawls College of Business in 1985.

Political career[edit]

On November 12, 2015, Pope announced his candidacy for the 2016 City of Lubbock mayoral election. On May 7, 2016, Pope won the general election to replace outgoing mayor Glen Robertson, a current Republican candidate for Texas' 19th congressional district seat. Pope won 53 percent of the vote in the four-person non-partisan race. He avoided a runoff election with the second-place candidate, who finished with 32 percent of the ballots cast.[1]

On May 5, 2018, Pope won a second two-year term as mayor with 78 percent of the vote over two little-known challengers.[2] In the campaign, Pope stressed public safety, including a new police facility, and planning for Lubbock's future growth.[3] The 2020 Mayoral election, in which Pope is standing, was scheduled to take place on May 2, however was postponed to November 3 after a proclamation from Texas Governor Greg Abbott to allow political subdivisions to delay voting.[4] Lubbock native Stephen Sanders is challenging Pope. Sanders had run against Pope before as a write in candidate during the 2018 mayoral election.[5]

Pope and his wife, Denise, have two children, Manning and Anne Claire. Pope is a former member of the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees, and Rawls College of Business Advisory Council.[6]

Controversies as Mayor[edit]

In September 2020 Pope issued a public apology for not recusing himself from a vote that helped direct taxpayer money toward a business investment made by his wife.[7] Later in September, Pope was criticised by some pro-life constituents for comparing Planned Parenthood to churches and supermarkets.[8]

Electoral history[edit]

2016 Lubbock Mayoral Election[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Dan Pope 11,134 52.64
Nonpartisan Todd Klein 6,672 31.54
Nonpartisan Victor Hernandez 1,825 8.63
Nonpartisan Ysidro Gutierrez 1,522 7.20
2018 Lubbock Mayoral Election[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Dan Pope 11,394 78.02
Nonpartisan Johnathan Cothran 2,686 18.39
Write-in Stephen Sanders 524 3.59
2020 Lubbock Mayoral Election[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Dan Pope 48,818 55.71
Nonpartisan Stephen Sanders 38,818 44.29

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dottray, Matt (2016-05-07). "Pope wins Lubbock mayor race with 53 percent of vote". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Archived from the original on 2016-07-16. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  2. ^ "Lubbock - Election Results". Scytl. 2018-05-05. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  3. ^ Dotray, Matt (2018-05-05). "Mayor Pope gets second term, [Juan] Chadis holds narrow lead in District 1". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Archived from the original on 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  4. ^ "City of Lubbock - 2020 Election Information". City of Lubbock.
  5. ^ Sanders Runs Again (September 15, 2020). "Lubbock's Mayor Conflict of Interest".
  6. ^ "The Honorable Daniel M. Pope | Advisory Council". Rawls College of Business. Archived from the original on 2018-03-31. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  7. ^ KCBD Television (September 10, 2020). "Pope issues apology".
  8. ^ The Federalist (September 14, 2020). "Texas Mayor Compares Planned Parenthood to Opening a Church".
  9. ^ "CITIES AND SCHOOLS GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS MAY 7, 2016 OFFICIAL RESULTS". City of Lubbock. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  10. ^ "CITIES AND SCHOOLS GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS MAY 5, 2018 OFFICIAL RESULTS". City of Lubbock. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  11. ^ "ELECTION RESULTS: Final results for city, county, most state races". KCBD News. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  12. ^ "NOVEMBER 3, 2020 GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS". Clarity Elections. Retrieved 4 November 2020.