[Editor’s Note: Candy Evans is the founder and publisher of CandysDirt.com and is now running for Dallas City Council in District 11. The opinions expressed in this column are her own.]
I am excited to announce that I have completed the process to run on the ballot for Dallas City Council District 11 in the May 6, 2017 election.
The balloting process is fascinating, and actually made me a little tear-y: You swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States, a tremendous and serious responsibility. That Constitution has been protected through thick and thin, a whole lot of sacrifice spanning 241 years. Our visit to Pearl Harbor flashed across my mind. I know the political climate on the national scene is stressing a whole lot of us out, which the American Psychological Association confirms: Americans are more uncertain than ever about things taken for granted, and the economy ranks near the top of the stress list.
Starting at a grass-roots level, I want to do something about it.
The process is this: First you file a Treasurer’s report with the terrific people in the Dallas City Secretary’s office down at 1500 Marilla. Then you gather and turn in signatures of voters in your District based on a percentage of how many residents voted in the last election — sadly, not many. I needed 25 in D11.
The signatures must include street addresses and voter ID numbers, plus the age of the signer. These are then checked and notarized by the City Secretary’s office carefully, which is a good thing —they want to make sure the people on that list are real and registered to vote. That is why I turned in a few extra signatures to be sure: 15 pages total. I worked with Bilirae Johnson, Assistant City Secretary, pictured here. It was kind of busy in that office Thursday: Brylon D. Franklin, Dallas Elections Manager, was working with two other candidates filing for Districts 5 and 6. Dominique Torres-Jeter is running against Rick Callahan in District 5, and her parents and family came with her to take pictures and offer support.
After all that checking and re-checking, they make it official and you depart as a candidate. The process is definitely grass-roots democracy, and it works. Then it was off to the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Event (stay tuned) with the folks from Allie Beth Allman and the Chileno Bay Resorts and Residences, then our fabulous Staff Meeting Party over at 3509 Euclid, an 18,000-square-foot, $18 million listing with Monica Shovlin of JP & Associates.
What a wonderful life this city has given me, and now I plan to help make it better for more of us. Please check out my website, CandyForDallas.com!