In this month’s D Magazine, I’ve written a piece called “Inside Dallas’ Incestuous Mayoral Race” which is mainly about two ladyfriends who are prominent behind-the-scenes political movers-and-shakers (and other tired clichéd terms). You may recognize Sarah Dodd as the former CBS-11 anchor who married the police chief and Mari Woodlief as one of the city’s most in-demand political consultants and owner of Allyn Media. They’re besties, and they’re backing two drastically different mayoral candidates this year.
Sitting in a center booth at the original Pancake House on Lemmon Avenue, Sarah Dodd is the first to launch into the talking points for her candidate in this month’s mayoral race, former Dallas police chief David Kunkle. A longtime CBS Channel 11 reporter/anchor, Dodd switched sides after leaving the station in 2007, opening Dodd Communications. Now she is handling public relations—as a volunteer, she insists—for Kunkle, who, besides being a relative political outsider, is also her husband. Dodd says her man will make quality of life a priority, helping Dallas attract many more than the 9,000 new residents it has gained over the past decade—the number springing forth with practiced ease.