• Thomas C. Leppert: Trading Construction for Politics
  • Thomas C. Leppert, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Corp., was inaugurated as mayor of Dallas this week. A Republican, he won a June 16 election by defeating Democrat Ed Oakley, a city councilman who owns a small construction contracting business.

    Leppert received almost 58% of the 85,600 votes cast in the runoff, according to unofficial Dallas Board of Election results. Dallas, with a population of about 1.2 million, is the ninth-largest city in the United States. This is Leppert's first elected political office.

    Leppert says serving as mayor is his way of giving back to the community. He ran on a platform of reducing crime, creating job opportunities and growth for Dallas and improving education.