Longtime Park Board member Lee Kleinman may run for Dallas City Council

December 18, 2012
Dallas Morning News Staff Writer
Dallas City Council District 11

Dallas City Council District 11

Lee Kleinman, a longtime Dallas Park Board member, says he is strongly considering a run for the City Council seat of Linda Koop.
Because of term limits, Koop must step down in 2013, after eight years of service.

She appointed Kleinman to the Park Board in 2007, where he’s been an independent voice who’s not shy about publicly questioning city staff or his fellow board members. He’s worked on several major projects, including the Northaven Trail and the Dallas bike plan.

“I’ve had dozens of people encouraging me to move forward with this,” said Kleinman, the 53-year-old chief operating officer of Bridge Metrics, a software firm.

He has not yet taken official steps to enter the race, such as filing a treasurer’s report. But he said he is likely to do so. He said he expects to make a decision before the end of the year. He did resign from the Park Board last week, something required for a run for the council.

He appears to be the first person to express interest in running for the seat.

His first priority, he said, will be maintaining the strength of neighborhoods in District 11, the North Dallas district that Koop represents.

The district faces significant development challenges. Valley View Mall, once a major draw, has turned into a drag. So have some of the developments around the Galleria. There are planned improvements, and executing them will be critical for North Dallas’ future.

If elected to the City Council, Kleinman said, he’ll continue to voice his opinions without fear. But he doesn’t plan to shoot from the hip.

“I try to drill down … and understand the issues from all sides concerned. But I am not afraid to point out when maybe there’s a better option,” he said.

A graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas, Kleinman has been a lifelong resident of the area. He has lived in his current neighborhood, Hillcrest Estates, for more than 20 years.

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