So, That Just Happened: 64 Sign Up To Run In City, Dallas ISD Elections

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electionsThe cutoff to file to run for the Dallas city council, Dallas mayor, and Dallas ISD trustee seats open was 5 p.m. Feb. 15, and with 64 people total filing paperwork for the May elections, there are two things we can tell you for certain: Some races will likely resemble the Thunderdome, and you’ll be needing to head to the polls twice, because some of these races will undoubtedly land in a runoff.

So who’s running? We’re providing a list below. Bear in mind this list is in alphabetical order, not the order they will appear on the ballot, because that is done by drawing and will happen in a few days.

The mayoral race has drawn 12 candidates — real estate developer Mike Ablon, Oak Cliff businessman Albert Black, Dallas city council member Scott Griggs, State Rep. Eric Johnson, former Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy, philanthropist Lynn McBee, civic leader Regina Montoya, Dallas resident, Heriberto Ortiz, Dallas resident Miguel Patino, environmentalist Stephen Smith, Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis, and former state representative Jason Villalba. Ortiz, Patino, and Smith’s petition signatures have not been qualified at press time.

And Jon gave us a sneak preview of the surprise filing of Laura Miller, who will challenge incumbent Jennifer Staubach Gates for the District 13 seat, we now know who the rest of the names on area ballots will be, too. Ready? Let’s jump.

Dallas City Council

Place 1: Sylvana Alonzo, Jeremy T. Boss, Giovanni Valderas, Chad West.

Place 2: Barbara Coombs*, Paul A. Freeman, Adam Medrano (i).

Place 3: Denise Benavides, Charletta Rogers Compton, Davante D. Peters, Britannica Scott, Casey Thomas (i).

Place 4: Carolyn King Arnold (i), Dawn M. Blair, Karon “K” Flewellen, Keyaira D. Saunders, Asa O. Woodberry.

Place 5: Jaime Resendez, Ruth Torres, Yolanda Faye Williams.

Place 6: Monica R. Alonzo, Tony Carrillo, Obi E. Igbokwe*, Omar Narvaez (i).

Place 7: Adam Bazaldua, Sandra Crenshaw*, Kevin Felder (i), Yvette Gbalazeh, Calvin D. Johnson, Sade’ Johnson, Korey Deon Mack, Joseph Thomas, Tiffinni A. Young.

Place 8: Tennell Atkins (i), Erik Wilson.

Place 9: Paula Blackmon, Tamara “TAMI” Brown Rodriguez , Sarah Lamb, Erin Moore, Paul Sims, Jacinto Valdespino.

Place 10: D’Andrala “DEDE” Alexander, Sirrano Keith Baldeo, Adam McGough (i).

Place 11: Curtis T. Harris, Lee M. Kleinman (i).

Place 12: Cara Mendelsohn, Carolyn “COOKIE” Peadon, Daniel Powell.

Place 13: Jennifer Staubach Gates (i), Laura Miller*

Place 14: David M. Blewett*, Warren Ernest Johnson, Philip T. Kingston (i).

There are no incumbents running for the three seats up for grabs in Dallas ISD’s board of trustees election since District 4 trustee Jaime Resendez resigned, and District 5 trustee Lew Blackburn and District 7 trustee Audrey Pinkerton decided not to run for re-election.

Dallas ISD Board of Trustees candidates

District 4: Karla Garcia, Omar Jimenez, Amalia Lozano, Camille White.

District 5: Maxie Johnson, David King, Ola M. Allen.

District 7: Ben Mackey, Brent McDougal.

Over the next weeks and months, we’ll take a look at many of this races on a district level, as well as the mayoral race. See any surprises? Have any opinions on any of the races? Let us know in the comments.

* Candidate’s petition signatures had not been qualified at press time

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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  1. Jacinto Valdespino says

    After the 2018 election where more minorities and women had success, and the fact that so many incumbents decided not to run opened up this race. I for one, always, believe we can do better. District 9 needs leadership that is going to remember we are more than just White Rock Lake. All of District 9 needs to be represented!

    Candidate for District 9
    Jacinto Valdespino

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