It’s Official: Candy Evans on the Ballot for Dallas City Council District 11

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Candy Evans files her paperwork to run for Dallas City Council’s District 11 seat with Bilierae Johnson, Assistant City Secretary.

[Editor’s Note: Candy Evans is the founder and publisher of 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,!

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A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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