Candidate Dallas City Council District 14
Robert "Bobby" Abtahi, former Dallas Plan Commissioner and former City of Dallas Community Prosecutor, was a candidate for Dallas City Council. The election was held on May 11, 2013 with a run-off election taking place in June of 2013.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Abtahi earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and his JD from SMU Dedman School of Law. After graduating from law school, Abtahi went to work for the city of Dallas as a community prosecutor.
At City Hall, Abtahi worked to help rebuild deteriorating neighborhoods and was behind a popular program that used the National Guard to tear down drug houses. The program, which is a money saving initiative that the city continues to use, was recognized by the White House in January 2012 when it presented Abtahi with the MLK Drum Major Award for Community Service. After working for the city, Abtahi started his own private practice but continued to serve Dallas as a member of the city's plan commission.
Abtahi was one of seven candidates running to represent District 14 on the Dallas City Council. Abtahi's campaign was endorsed by former city council members as well as a number of community and business leaders throughout the city.
Election results gave Abtahi 26% of the vote putting him in second place behind Phillip Kingston, who received 34%. A runoff between Abtahi and Kingston took take place on June 15th, in which Abtahi fell 387 votes short of becoming the next representative of District 14.
Residence: Dallas, TX
Prev. Public Service Exp.: Dallas Community Prosecutor
Education: BA University of Texas; JD SMU Dedman School of Law