Mike Gallaway says he will not try to seek re-election to the City Council, leaving his south Irving district open for the taking next year. In 2010, Mike Gallaway became the first person to win Place 1 after it changed from a citywide to a single-member district. He recently said that he will step down to devote more time to a Main Street clothing shop he operates with his wife. Six of Irving’s nine districts became single-member to resolve a lawsuit that found the previous citywide election system allowed white voters to block candidates backed by Hispanics. Irving was more than 40 percent Hispanic at the time, but its City Council was entirely white. Mike Gallaway beat the only Hispanic candidate running for Place 1 that year — 239-210. He had campaigned on a platform to prevent quarreling on the council as it adjusted to the new voting system. Throughout his term, he was generally supportive of a divisive private-public deal to build an entertainment complex in Las Colinas. Gallaway was also an advocate for more development downtown, where he and his wife run their business. The couple used to lease the property from a developer the city hired to revitalize the area.

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