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Dan McQueen is running for mayor of Corpus Christi … again

Posted at 10:05 AM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 19:39:14-04

Dan McQueen is running for mayor of Corpus Christi, again.

KRIS 6 News confirmed with the city secretary’s office this morning that the former mayor has placed his name on the November ballot.

McQueen won the mayoral election in 2016 with a stunning upset over incumbent Nelda Martinez.

He resigned 37 days later, shortly after KRIS 6 Investigates reported that he was not completely truthful with his campaign credentials.

In that election, Dan McQueen built his mayoral credentials based on his engineering education. He claimed to have a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering, but 6 Investigates could not find any records to support that claim.

Six investigates contacted Florida State University officials, asking if they had any degree records for an Eldon Daniel McQueen with the same birth date as the former mayor. Florida State has no record of McQueen attending, according to information provided to 6 Investigates.

On the same day, KRIS reported that McQueen and his chief of staff, Shari Douglas, shared a home address from 2012 until McQueen was elected. At that time, Douglas changed her address to a post office box.

Douglas told KRIS that she and McQueen were simply “good friends.” But McQueen’s estranged son and his former campaign treasurer confirmed that McQueen and Douglas were romantically involved. Corpus Christi’s employment policy forbids city employees from hiring domestic partners without first disclosing their relationship and obtaining approval from the city manager.

The next day, Douglas resigned as McQueen’s chief of staff.

And on the following day, KRIS 6 Investigates reported discrepancies in McQueen’s business career. After campaigning on his strong business background, information proved otherwise. KRIS reported that McQueen had been sued in 2007 for breaking a lease in a San Antonio shopping center where he was renting space for a karate school. At the time, McQueen owed $25,000 on a lien for the property.

KRIS Investigative Reporter Jessica Savage followed McQueen’s demise:

This is a developing story. Stay with KRIS 6 News for updates.

For a complete list of candidates in the 2018 city election, click here.