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3/03/2011

In first steps, new Dallas Mayor Caraway presses statehouse agenda

Dwaine Caraway hit the road for the first time as Dallas' newly minted mayor Tuesday, leading a delegation to the Capitol to press lawmakers on the city's agenda.

Caraway, who became Dallas' chief official Friday, kept to a whirlwind schedule and pledged to do what he could to stave off possible budget cuts.

"We'll do everything possible to escalate the city's agenda," he said.

The trip marked an unveiling, of sorts, for Caraway, the former mayor pro tem, and he seemed keenly aware of his new title's gravitas and duties. He acted every bit like Dallas' ambassador, leading a small delegation of city officials around the statehouse corridors and politely greeting lawmakers from across Texas.

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