It’s Election Day, And There’s a Good Chance You Didn’t Vote

Election day

12:05 a.m. And now for some reaction:

Alex Dickey reached out to supporters via NextDoor, thanking them and adding, “This campaign for City Council has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The best part was having the opportunity to meet so many of you at your doorstep.”

“I’m very happy,” Philip Kingston told me around midnight. “District 14 can’t be bought.”

And on Facebook, Matt Wood responded, “Today, we did not receive the outcome we had hoped for. However, we thank the 3,307 voters and dozens of volunteers who shared Matt’s vision for a more collaborative style of leadership.”

“Congratulations to Mr. Kingston for his victory with 55 percent of the vote,” he added.
Our 42 percent will be paying very close attention.”

Dwaine Caraway thanked his supporters, and told the Dallas Morning News, “I even want to thank the people who hated me and worked so hard against me.”

“When you defeat the haters, that means that God has his plan and his arms wrapped around you, protecting you from every single one of them,” he added.

Erik Wilson said he felt the confusion between his name and a similar sounding opponent, Eric Williams, may have contributed to his second-place finish against Tennell Atkins. “With the absence of any confusion, I feel really good about the runoff,” Wilson told the Dallas Morning News.

And with that, I’ll leave you tonight. Stay tuned Monday for a bigger overview of what happened tonight, and how few people actually decided they wanted a say in charting the course of the city and school district.

11:00 p.m. So it looks like Rick Callahan will hold on to his seat, garnering 55 percent of the vote in District 5 over Dominique Torres. And Lori Kirkpatrick and Dustin Marshall will face off in a runoff for Dallas ISD District 2, but just barely – Kirkpatrick garnered 49.87 percent of the vote, to Marshall’s 47 percent and change.

We’ll be back here June 10 for runoff coverage. Stay tuned for questionnaires from runoff candidates to help you make an informed decision at the booth.

Coming up: reaction.

Dallas City Council
(c)District 2 (51/51 precincts) : Adam Medrano (i) 1,933 votes (91 percent); Brian Ostrander – 203.
District 5 (26/26 precincts): Rick Callahan (i) 944 votes (55 percent); Dominique Torres – 760.
(r)District 6 (44/44 precincts): Monica Alonzo (i) 760 votes (39 percent); Omar Narvaez – 536 (27 percent); Alex Dickey – 488 (25 percent).
(r)District 7 (41/41 precincts): Tiffinni A. Young (i) 1,245 votes (37 percent); Kevin Felder – 793 (24 percent); Tammy Johnston – 682 (21 percent).

Dallas ISD School Board
District 2 (67/67 precincts): Lori Kirkpatrick – 5,232 (49.87 percent); Dustin Marshall (i) 4,938 (47.06 percent); Richard D. Young – 322.

10:53 p.m.

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10:25 p.m.  It looks like we will have three runoff elections for city council. District 6 will see Monica Alonzo and Omar Narvaez facing off again; District 7 will see incumbent Tiffinni Young and Kevin Felder on the ballot, and District 8 will see Tennell Atkins trying to snag Erik Wilson’s spot at the horseshoe.

We’re still waiting to see if that last precinct makes or breaks Lori Kirkpatrick’s chances of sealing the deal tonight in Dallas ISD District 2, or if (more likely) she’ll be headed to a runoff with incumbent Dustin Marshall.

Dallas City Council
(c)District 2 (48/51 precincts) : Adam Medrano (i) 1,855 votes (91 percent); Brian Ostrander – 194.
(c)District 3 (39/39 precincts): Casey Thomas (i) 2,526 votes (79 percent); Joe Tave – 684.
District 5 (25/26 precincts): Rick Callahan (i) 898 votes (55 percent); Dominique Torres – 727.
(r)District 6 (43/44 precincts): Monica Alonzo (i) 760 votes (39 percent); Omar Narvaez – 536 (27 percent); Alex Dickey – 488 (25 percent).
(r)District 7 (38/41 precincts): Tiffinni A. Young (i) 1,210 votes (37 percent); Kevin Felder – 785 (24 percent); Tammy Johnston – 674 (21 percent).
(r)District 8 (34/34 precincts): Tennell Atkins – 979 votes (42 percent); Erik Wilson (i) 855 (37 percent).
(c)District 9 (35/35 precincts): Mark Clayton (i) 4,281 votes (93 percent); Arthur Lee Adams, Jr. – 318.
(c)District 14 (46/46 precincts): Philip Kingston (i) 4,340 votes (55 percent); Matt Wood – 3,307; Kim Welch – 269.

Dallas ISD School Board
District 2 (66/67 precincts): Lori Kirkpatrick – 5,184 (49.69 percent); Dustin Marshall (i) 4,929 (47.25 percent); Richard D. Young – 319.

9:50 p.m.  After this update, I’ll only be updating the races that do not have all their precincts counted yet.
I was holding out on calling District 4 because it was so close (a little more than 200 votes separated the two opponents), but with all precincts in, it’s clear Dwaine Caraway has bested incumbent Carolyn King Arnold with 53 percent of the vote. It’s the same reason I’m holding off on calling the District 5 race – one precinct remains, and only 172 votes separate Callahan and Torres.
I am also calling districts 11 and 14 for incumbents Lee Kleinman and Philip Kingston, respectively.

Dallas City Council
(c) District 1 (27/27 precincts):
Scott Griggs (i) 2,298 votes (87 percent); Stephen Winn – 336.
(c)District 2 (48/51 precincts) : Adam Medrano (i) 1,855 votes (91 percent); Brian Ostrander – 194.
(c)District 3 (38/39 precincts): Casey Thomas (i) 2,524 votes (79 percent); Joe Tave – 684.
(c)District 4 (43/43 precincts): Dwaine Caraway – 1,760 votes (53 percent); Carolyn King Arnold (i) 1,553.
District 5 (25/26 precincts): Rick Callahan (i) 898 votes (55 percent); Dominique Torres – 727.
(r)District 6 (43/44 precincts): Monica Alonzo (i) 760 votes (39 percent); Omar Narvaez – 536 (27 percent); Alex Dickey – 488 (25 percent).
(r)District 7 (38/41 precincts): Tiffinni A. Young (i) 1,210 votes (37 percent); Kevin Felder – 785 (24 percent); Tammy Johnston – 674 (21 percent).
(r)District 8 (34/34 precincts): Tennell Atkins – 979 votes (42 percent); Erik Wilson (i) 855 (37 percent).
(c)District 9 (31/35 precincts): Mark Clayton (i) 4,123 votes (93 percent); Arthur Lee Adams, Jr. – 302.
(c)District 11 (35/35 precincts): Lee Kleinman (i) 2,872 votes (63 percent); Candy Evans – 1,669.
(c)District 14 (45/46 precincts): Philip Kingston (i) 4,333 votes (55 percent); Matt Wood – 3,306; Kim Welch – 269.

Dallas ISD School Board
District 2 (63/67 precincts): Lori Kirkpatrick – 5,032 (49.92 percent); Dustin Marshall (i) 4,735 (46.97 percent); Richard D. Young – 314.
(c)District 6 (47/47 precincts): Joyce Foreman (i) 4,051 votes (87 percent); Phelesha Hamilton – 592.

9:35 p.m. I think we can safely call a few of these races now. District 1, Scott Griggs; District 2, Adam Medrano; District 3, Casey Thomas; District 9, Mark Clayton; and Dallas ISD District 6, Joyce Foreman are easily called.

And of course District 10, Adam McGough; District 12, Sandy Greyson; District 13, Jennifer Gates; and Dallas ISD District 8 trustee Miguel Solis – all of whom ran unopposed.

Dallas ISD District 2 is proving to be pretty interesting. Right now, Lori Kirkpatrick has a slight lead over incumbent Dustin Marshall, but both are still beneath the threshold to avoid a runoff election. Also interesting is Dallas District 6 – where it’s looking like a three-way runoff between incumbent Monica Alonzo, Alex Dickey and Omar Narvaez – with Dickey and Narvaez flip flopping second and third frequently.

Dallas City Council
District 1 (16/27 precincts):
Scott Griggs (i) 1,563 votes (86 percent); Stephen Winn – 248.
District 2 (45/51 precincts) : Adam Medrano (i) 1,796 votes (90 percent); Brian Ostrander – 190.
District 3 (27/39 precincts): Casey Thomas (i) 2,186 votes (78 percent); Joe Tave – 602.
District 4 (38/43 precincts): Dwaine Caraway – 1,630 votes (53 percent); Carolyn King Arnold (i) 1,427.
District 5 (18/26 precincts): Rick Callahan (i) 763 votes (56 percent); Dominique Torres – 600.
District 6 (35/44 precincts): Monica Alonzo (i) 719 votes (40 percent); Omar Narvaez – 514 (28 percent); Alex Dickey – 422 (23 percent).
District 7 (28/41 precincts): Tiffinni A. Young (i) 1,143 votes (37 percent); Kevin Felder – 732  (24 percent); Tammy Johnston – 654 (21 percent).
District 8 (28/34 precincts): Tennell Atkins – 921 votes (43 percent); Erik Wilson (i) 760 (35 percent).
District 9 (15/35 precincts): Mark Clayton (i) 2,750 votes (93 percent); Arthur Lee Adams, Jr. – 203.
District 11 (22/35 precincts): Lee Kleinman (i) 2,352 votes (64 percent); Candy Evans – 1,302.
District 14 (30/46 precincts: Philip Kingston (i) 3,482 votes (54 percent); Matt Wood – 2,764 (43 percent); Kim Welch – 197.

Dallas ISD School Board
District 2 (40/67 precincts): Lori Kirkpatrick – 3,879 (49.62 percent); Dustin Marshall (i) 3,683 votes (47.11 percent); Richard D. Young – 256.
District 6 (29/47 precincts): Joyce Foreman (i) 3,328 votes (87 percent); Phelesha Hamilton – 497.

8:55 p.m. A few more precincts …

Dallas City Council
District 1 (6/27 precincts):
Scott Griggs (i) 1,099 votes (87 percent); Stephen Winn – 165.
District 2 (17/51 precincts) : Adam Medrano (i) 1,183 votes (91 percent); Brian Ostrander – 119.
District 3 (19/39 precincts): Casey Thomas (i) 1,874 votes (78 percent); Joe Tave – 520.
District 4 (17/43 precincts): Dwaine Caraway – 1,204 votes (54 percent); Carolyn King Arnold (i) 1,006.
District 5 (14/26 precincts): Rick Callahan (i) 680 votes (58 percent); Dominique Torres – 484.
District 6 (19/44 precincts): Monica Alonzo (i) 539 votes (37 percent); Alex Dickey – 403 (28 percent); Omar Narvaez – 383 (26 percent).
District 7 (15/41 precincts): Tiffinni A. Young (i) 879 votes (39 percent); Kevin Felder – 534 (24 percent); Tammy Johnston – 454 (20 percent).
District 8 (22/34 precincts): Tennell Atkins – 720 votes (42 percent); Erik Wilson (i) 604 (35 percent).
District 9 (11/35 precincts): Mark Clayton (i) 2,182 votes (93 percent); Arthur Lee Adams, Jr. – 161.
District 11 (14/35 precincts): Lee Kleinman (i) 2,118 votes (64 percent); Candy Evans – 1,169.
District 14 (8/46 precincts: Philip Kingston (i) 2,295 votes (54 percent); Matt Wood – 1,798 (43 percent); Kim Welch – 115.

Dallas ISD School Board
District 2 (10/67 precincts): Dustin Marshall (i) 2,638 votes (48.62 percent); Lori Kirkpatrick – 2,606 (48.03 percent); Richard D. Young – 182.
District 6 (11/47 precincts): Joyce Foreman (i) 2,411 votes (86 percent); Phelesha Hamilton – 383.

8:20 p.m.  Totals are finally starting to dribble in.

Dallas City Council
District 1 (2/27 precincts):
Scott Griggs (i) 976 votes (86 percent); Stephen Winn – 153.
District 2 (4/51 precincts) : Adam Medrano (i) 952 votes (91 percent); Brian Ostrander – 92.
District 3 (6/39 precincts): Casey Thomas (i) 1,447 votes (77 percent); Joe Tave – 426.
District 4 (2/43 precincts): Dwaine Caraway – 949 votes (52 percent); Carolyn King Arnold (i) 859.
District 5 (3/26 precincts): Rick Callahan (i) 592 votes (62 percent); Dominique Torres – 367.
District 6 (5/44 precincts): Monica Alonzo (i) 414 votes (39 percent); Omar Narvaez – 283 (27 percent); Alex Dickey – 272 (26 percent)
District 7: Tiffinni A. Young (i) 726 votes; Kevin Felder – 450; Tammy Johnston – 361; Adam Bazaldua – 186; James ‘JT’ Turknett – 61; Marvin E. Crenshaw – 42.
District 8: Tennell Atkins – 528 votes; Erik Wilson (i) 431; Eric Williams – 198; Gail Terrell – 82; Moctezuma Seth Gonzalez – 9.
District 9 (2/35 precincts): Mark Clayton (i) 1,853 votes (94 percent); Arthur Lee Adams, Jr. – 125.
District 11 (4/35 precincts): Lee Kleinman (i) 1,736 votes (65 percent); Candy Evans – 942.
District 14: Philip Kingston (i) 2,041 votes; Matt Wood – 1,548; Kim Welch – 100.

Dallas ISD School Board
District 2: Dustin Marshall (i) 2,215 votes; Lori Kirkpatrick – 2,197; Richard D. Young – 150.
District 6 (4/47 precincts): Joyce Foreman (i) 2,027 votes (86 percent); Phelesha Hamilton – 342.

8:05 p.m.  Still waiting.Election day waiting1

7:45 p.m. A quick look at the Highland Park ISD races, which were also pretty hotly contested. Early voting has Stacy Kelly with 61 percent of the vote (2,049 votes), and Meg Bakich and Chris Murzin with 24 percent and 19 percent, respectively, for Place 6. For Place 7, Tom Sharpe has 65 percent of the vote, and Marla Sewell has 34.

In Richardson ISD, where a dustup over a potential White Rock Trail Elementary build site had many in Lake Highlands zeroing in on a sweep of incumbent board members, the Place 7 race is shaping up to be a tight one. Kristin Kuhne has 52 percent of the vote, and challenger Lynn Davenport has 47 percent.  Karen Clardy leads the pack to replace incumbent Kris Oliver (who resigned) for Place 3 with 56 percent of the vote. Her closest challenger is Eric Eager, with 23 percent of the vote.

7:30 p.m. Some quick prognostication based on observed turnout today. As it stands, I see Dallas ISD District 2 going to a runoff, as well as city council District 6 for sure. Districts 7 and 8 could also see runoff elections, as I just don’t see the percentages changing much as new totals from today come in. Of course, the real hitch in this git-a-long will be the issues surrounding absentee ballots, which could make a difference in an election where only a handful of people vote.

Update, 7:03 p.m. Election Day voting is over, and it’s time for early voting totals. Here goes:
Dallas City Council
District 1: Scott Griggs (i) 957 votes; Stephen Winn – 149.
District 2: Adam Medrano (i) 949 votes; Brian Ostrander – 92.
District 3: Casey Thomas (i) 1,315 votes; Joe Tave – 353.
District 4: Dwaine Caraway – 923 votes; Carolyn King Arnold (i) 838.
District 5: Rick Callahan (i) 542 votes; Dominique Torres – 283.
District 6: Monica Alonzo (i) 388 votes; Omar Narvaez – 278; Alex Dickey – 268; Linus Spiller – 49; Gil Cerda – 16; Tony Carrillo – 13.
District 7: Tiffinni A. Young (i) 726 votes; Kevin Felder – 450; Tammy Johnston – 361; Adam Bazaldua – 186; James ‘JT’ Turknett – 61; Marvin E. Crenshaw – 42.
District 8: Tennell Atkins – 528 votes; Erik Wilson (i) 431; Eric Williams – 198; Gail Terrell – 82; Moctezuma Seth Gonzalez – 9.
District 9: Mark Clayton (i) 1,832 votes; Arthur Lee Adams, Jr. – 124.
District 11: Lee Kleinman (i) 1,615 votes; Candy Evans – 858.
District 14: Philip Kingston (i) 2,041 votes; Matt Wood – 1,548; Kim Welch – 100.

Dallas ISD School Board
District 2: Dustin Marshall (i) 2,215 votes; Lori Kirkpatrick – 2,197; Richard D. Young – 150.
District 6: Joyce Foreman (i) 1,879 votes; Phelesha Hamilton – 329.

We’ll look at surrounding races in a few minutes.

It’s Election Day in Dallas, and as usual for municipal elections, I’ll be live-blogging the returns tonight. Today, I spent a good chunk of the mid-morning and afternoon driving around Dallas, talking to poll workers and checking numbers.

Guys, you’re not voting. And the same people not voting are probably sitting there sharing stories about Congress votes and what Donald Trump is doing, but for some reason, you won’t come vote in a city election.

And this isn’t just hyperbole. A recent review of the voter turnout in 50 cities placed Dallas dead last with a mere six percent of eligible voters taking part in the last municipal election.

Pitiful. We’re talking ceding all say in who guides the trajectory of the city to just a few hundred people. We’re talking a trace amount of voters picking who will serve as trustees on the Dallas ISD school board. It’s Election Day – why aren’t you voting?

It’s pitiful and, frankly, unamerican.  The good news is you have about two hours to head to the polls. Don’t know where to vote? Input your info here, and a sample ballot and polling location will be provided.

At 7 p.m., I’ll be back to start looking at early voting returns, and to update as we get our Election Day counts. In addition to Dallas and Dallas ISD races, we will be keeping an eye on other races around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I anticipate that at least two races (Districts 2 and 6 in Dallas) will be a slow slog to call, because of allegations of voter fraud.

 

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