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.

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[Editor’s Note: This story is the opinion of the writer and should not be interpreted as an endorsement. CandysDirt.com does not make endorsements in political races — yes, even when our founder is running!]

Today is the last day of early voting, and our Bethany Erickson did a stellar job of ranking the slate of candidates vying for two Dallas ISD Board of Trustees spots. You can find out more about District 2 and District 6 by following those links. Election Day for municipal and school board races is May 6.

But we’d be remiss if we didn’t share how proud we are of our founder and publisher, Candy Evans, who has run a fantastic campaign for Dallas City Council’s District 11 seat. She’s had the odds stacked against her from the beginning, running against a well-funded incumbent such as Lee Kleinman, but she’s been transparent and honorable, and we’re just beaming! Over the past six weeks, Candy has knocked on doors all over District 11 and received some pretty stellar endorsements. Her background as a journalist and reporter that never stops digging is an asset to our city leadership, noted by Dallas Observer managing editor Patrick Williams, and we’re glad that more and more District 11 residents are realizing it.

Want to thank her in person? Go early vote over at Fretz Park until 7 p.m. today, as there is no wait! Want to get up-to-the-minute updates on her campaign? Check out @DallasDirtCandy on Twitter!

Good luck, Candy!

 

Dallas electionsFourteen Dallas City Council seats and three Dallas Independent School District trustee seats are up for grabs on May 6. I’ll start saying this early — as I always do: It can cost somewhere around $1 million to hold an election, and in most May Dallas elections, we see less than 10 percent of voters turning out to vote.

And it really couldn’t be much easier. Check and see if you’re registered to vote here.  If you’re not, you can click here to register. If you vote early, you can vote at any early voting polling location in the county – so on your way to work, during your lunch break, on your way home, or even on a Saturday. The last day to register to vote is April 6. Early voting begins April 24 and will continue through May 2 for all Dallas elections.

The last day to register to vote is April 6. Early voting begins April 24 and will continue through May 2. You can even vote on a Saturday or a Sunday.

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Voters across the Dallas area will go to the polls on May 9 to elect mayor, city council members, and school district trustees. If you want your name to appear on a ballot, you should know that the filing period for candidates begins today. (Photo by iStock)

Photo by iStock

10:00 p.m. No official statements yet from either District 2 candidate, but I will repeat what I said at the beginning of this evening: District 2 has been incredibly fortunate to have four people who were ready and willing to take on the ultimate volunteer task of sitting on the school board. Your district may be weird and misshapen and have a hole in the middle, but you have lots of heart and tons of people who want the best things for Dallas ISD.

In the very near future, the board will be talking about things like elementary school suspensions, property taxes, and bids for upcoming bond projects. These three new trustees – Jaime Resendez, Audrey Pinkerton and Dustin Marshall will have to hit the ground running. Good luck, and godspeed.

9:30 p.m. Mita Havlick beat out Suzanne Smith to be in this runoff by 50 votes. She was beaten tonight by 42 votes. Still think your vote doesn’t matter? (more…)

DISDd22016runoffToday Dallas Independent School District voters in District 2 will finally choose who will represent them as school board trustee. Will it be Mita Havlick, or will it be Dustin Marshall? Also up for runoff is the seat for Dallas County Community College District 4.

If you still haven’t decided, here is a rundown of our D2 and election coverage:

Polls will be open until 7 p.m. Consider taking a few minutes to go vote while you’re out doing your Saturday activities. We’ll be back here later tonight to discuss the returns.

Photo courtesy Erin Johnston

Early this week, a hot and heavy discussion broke out on a Lakewood-centric Facebook page regarding the Dallas ISD district 2 runoff between Dustin Marshall and Mita Havlick. At the time, third place finisher (by only 50 votes) Suzanne Smith indicated that she preferred to stay  publicly neutral.

That has apparently changed. This afternoon I received a call from the Marshall campaign to let me know that Smith had decided to publicly endorse Marshall after all.

An early indicator that the two were ideologically closely aligned was the fact that Marshall (post-election) adopted Smith’s action plan for the district that she rolled out during her campaign. He began including it in campaign materials shortly after he began tweeting it and using it in Facebook posts on his campaign site.

The two released a joint statement, which follows:

In a joint statement, Suzanne Smith announced today that she cast her ballot in the runoff election for Dustin Marshall. She fully endorsed Marshall’s candidacy and encouraged all of her supporters to get behind him as well.

Smith’s endorsement follows several public statements by Marshall indicating their shared belief in early childhood education, improved parental engagement, and a focus on social and emotional health. Several of these tenants were captured by Smith in her campaign “Action Plan” which Marshall has since used in his campaign material.

Smith stated, “Dustin has run a positive campaign focused on issues that matter to all of us. He has even wholeheartedly supported my Action Plan. This approach best mirrors my own and will ensure that we improve our schools for ALL children in District 2. While Mita has done a lot for her own neighborhood, her campaign has alienated many voters…her negative messaging is moving us in the wrong direction. We have to make sure the RIGHT person gets this job and leads us in the right direction. That person is my friend, Dustin Marshall.”

“I am humbled and honored to have Suzanne’s support,” stated Marshall. “Suzanne has been a great advocate for the kids of our city, and I appreciate her endorsement in this important runoff election. We share a common philosophy about how to improve educational outcomes for our kids. We both believe in recruiting, hiring, developing, measuring, and rewarding great teachers. I hope that Suzanne’s supporters will come out to the polls to show their support for this shared vision.”

Early voting continues through Tuesday, June 14. Election Day is Saturday, June 18. To access more about the district 2 race, click here.

DISDd22016runoffSo we’re still working on getting District 2 representation on the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees because basically nobody voted in the election. Less than five percent voted in the election in May, forcing a runoff between Dustin Marshall and Mita Havlick.

Remember this map? This is the map that showed how poorly people showed at the polls. Less than 50 votes separated Havlick from Suzanne Smith in the May election. Less than 50 votes may very well decide this runoff, too, which is asinine.

Early voting starts today and lasts until June 14. Election Day is June 18. For information – including polling places – on early voting, click here. For information on voting on Election day, click here.

Now, in the meantime, I thought I would provide a brief primer on the two candidates. A previous rundown is here, but I reached out to both candidates last week with a quick second set of questions to augment the information found in the rundowns and in other responses from Dallas Kids First (Marshall, Havlick) and the Dallas Morning News, as well as responses at Turn and Talks (Marshall/Marshall podcast, Havlick/Havlick podcast).

My questions and each candidate’s answers follow. None of the responses have been edited. (more…)