Mark Clayton was elected to his first two-year term on the Dallas City Council representing District 9. With no previous political experience, Mark's decision to run for office was driven by a growing desire of residents throughout the city to enhance the greenspace, walkability and amenities that define some of the greatest cities in the world. While District 9 is most notable for being home to White Rock Lake and Park, it is also home to residents in the diverse neighborhoods that extend from Merriman Park/University on the north side of the lake, Lakewood on the west, and Casa Linda, Casa View, Forrest Hills and Little Forrest Hills on the east.
Mark's involvement in the East Dallas community began 12 years ago when he and his wife, Kelly, moved to the Lochwood neighborhood in District 9. He successfully built four Allstate Insurance Agencies and is the recipient of many company awards. As a small business owner, he demonstrated his commitment to the development of his employees by mentoring and funding their startup agencies. Mark earned a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Baylor University and is an active member of the East Dallas and LGBT Chambers of Commerce. He is a member of the Casa Linda Neighborhood Association and Past President of the Krewe De Roux, a service organization that raises money for local charities including the North Texas Food Bank.
As a former Lochwood and now Casa Linda resident, Mark is dedicated to the vitality, safety and stability of neighborhoods that support Dallas schools. Having volunteered in various capacities with the East Dallas Development Center where their children attended pre-school, the Clayton's are active members of the Sanger Elementary School community. Mark served as co-chair of the school carnival and, working with Kelly, coordinates a food pantry that serves school children in the area. In the fall of 2015, the youngest Clayton family member will join her big brother at Sanger Elementary School where both will be enrolled in the dual language program.
On June 30, 2015, Mayor Mike Rawlings appointed Mark as Vice Chair of the Arts, Culture & Libraries Committee, Vice Chair of the Education Task Force and as a member to the Housing Committee, Quality of Life Committee and the Mayor's representative on the Task Force on Poverty.