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[Editors Note: CandysDirt.com reached out to both Dallas County Schools and advocates for ending Dallas County Schools, for his thoughts on the upcoming proposition regarding DCS. Dustin Marshall provided his thoughts last week, and DCS trustee Kyle Renard provides hers this week. Early voting began Monday, and continues until Nov. 3. Election Day is Nov. 7.]

By Kyle Renard, M.D.
Special Contributor

By now, you have probably heard one side of the story for what weighs in the balance for the vote on Dallas County Schools, which operates school buses for several districts in North Texas. As a DCS trustee, I want to present the other side for Proposition A. (more…)

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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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)

Just your friendly reminder that tomorrow is Election Day in the area for 53 different races, including four seats on the Dallas Independent School District school board and three seats on the Dallas County Community College District board.

I think I’ve been pretty clear about why it’s important to vote in school board elections. Something around 10 percent or less of the city votes in these elections, which means many of us are willing to let virtually anyone decide something as important as the trajectory of the workforce we will be able to offer employers in years to come. Even if you don’t have children in Dallas ISD, you have to be able to wrap your head around the fact that if we fail to adequately educate our children, we have failed to adequately educate our workforce, which means it becomes harder and harder to attract and retain jobs to the city.

In short, this vote is about economics just as much as it is about human rights and education and everything else it’s about. It’s about your city, and the path you want to demand from it.  (more…)

Photo courtesy DISD

Photo courtesy DISD

For $1.6 billion, Dallas ISD says it will build nine new and replacement schools, add almost 300 more classrooms, expand space for pre-K, as well as new science and technology labs. But before that can happen, the district has to sell everyone on a bond election to raise the money.

I’m not going to tell you how to vote, but I’ll tell you how I’m going to vote in the November 3 bond election for Dallas public schools. And furthermore, I’ll tell you why.

A few months ago, I literally drove from one end of the district to the other. I stopped at schools in every single feeder pattern and noticed a common thing – portable buildings. Have you ever been inside one? They’re often nearly windowless, they’re completely devoid of charm, and we also subject our elementary students to walking to them in all the elements.

Almost every single campus has ‘em. One campus has almost 20. And no, this bond election won’t end the scourge of portable buildings, but it will give some feeder patterns and schools some much-needed breathing room through re-opening and building new schools and renovating and adding on to existing schools. It will make sure that students have the opportunity to learn STEM skills in cutting-edge labs. It will make sure that we have enough space to address the ever-growing need for pre-K space.

And the latter, I promise, is something we need to invest in especially. Want to see test scores go up? Improve early education. You’ll have to pack your patience, but when the reading and knowledge gaps are addressed early and kids are reading at grade level by third grade, organically test scores can improve. It’s not rocket science, it’s simply putting the cart and the horse in the appropriate places. (more…)

floresrawlingsAs I mentioned last week, we will be live-blogging the election all day today. If you’re out and about, swing by your local polling place and punch a few buttons, won’t you, and then let us know how it went. If you’ve already voted, swing by anyway, and give those hardy souls volunteering for their candidates some encouragement. It looks to be a wet morning (Tiny played half a soccer game before the deluge commenced). We will post in chronological fashion with a time stamp, and from the bottom up, meaning that the most current update will be at the top, after this paragraph. Get out and vote, already, won’t you? 

12:00 a.m. Just a few final thoughts, before I wander off to bed. First, here are the final voting tallies for Dallas County:

  • Registered Voters: 1,145,988
  • Ballots Cast: 77,471
  • Voter Turnout: 6.76 %

Yep, in an election that decided the course of the school district, the mayor, and how a theoretical vote on the Trinity toll road would shake out, Dallas County cast less than 7 percent of its votes. Granted, this includes not only Dallas and Dallas ISD, but also suburbs like Mesquite, Garland, Rowlett, Lewisville and Sunnyvale, but still – all those places had mayoral elections and school board elections, too.

I say this every single election, but people still tell me they’re busy. You know who is super busy? People in other countries where voting might mean they die. But they do it anyway. We are all busy. But 6.76 percent of us (or, according to WFAA, 11 percent of  city of Dallas voters) went out and voted anyway, and found it was ridiculously easy. Did you know that early voting means you can vote anywhere in the city? For real.

When you sit there and kvetch about your property taxes, you know who votes on tax rates? County commissioners. School board members. City council members. Eventually, voters might get a say if their municipality reaches the roll back rate, but yeah, up until then they decide. And if you stayed home, well, you gave up your say.

You gave up your say.

By not voting, you made a conscious decision to step back and let other folks decide whether you are going to be shelling out money for a jacked suspension and busted tires, or whether the city will finally pay true attention to its infrastructure instead of applying piecemeal bandaids.

You gave up your say. And I can’t honestly imagine a less American thing to do.

11:40 p.m. With every blessed 936 precincts in Dallas county reporting, here is a rundown of Election Day:

Winners – Mike Rawlings, Mayor
Scott Griggs, Dallas City Council Seat 1 (unopposed)
Adam Medrano, Dallas City Council Seat 2 (unopposed)
Carolyn King Arnold, Dallas City Council Seat 4
Rick Callahan, Dallas City Council Seat 5
Monica Alonzo, Dallas City Council Seat 6
Tiffinni Young, Dallas City Council Seat 7
Mark Clayton, Dallas City Council Seat 9
Lee Kleinman, Dallas City Council Seat 11 (unopposed)
Sandy Greyson, Dallas City Council Seat 12 (unopposed)
Jennifer Staubach Gates, Dallas City Council Seat 13 (unopposed)
Philip Kingston, Dallas City Council Seat 14 (unopposed)
Edwin Flores, DISD School Board District 1
Dan Micciche, DISD School Board District 3
Bernadette Nutall, DISD School Board District 9

Runoffs: Joe Tave and Casey Thomas, Dallas City Council Seat 3
Dianne Gibson and Erik Wilson, Dallas City Council Seat 8
Paul Reyes and Adam McGough, Dallas City Council Seat 10

11:00 p.m. With 59 of 59 precincts reporting for DISD district 9, I will call the race for Bernadette Nutall, who edged out Offord by 292 votes. That makes the DISD elections final with Flores, Micciche and Nutall.

It’s looking like runoffs for the seat 3 race for Dallas city council, and Joe Tave and Casey Thomas will face off. Tave has said he opposes the toll road, while Thomas said he supports it.

I’ll have a final roundup as soon as all the precincts have reported.

10:20 p.m. With only 34 precincts of 40 reporting in Dallas seat 3, I am reluctant to call the race that has emerged between Casey Thomas II and Joe Tave, with about 422 votes separating the two. I’m also still fairly certain we’re working with a runoff for Seat 8, but with only 31 of 38 precincts reporting, I’ll hold off. I’m also going to keep an eye on the last three precincts in DISD District 9, where less than 300 votes separate Damarcus Offord and Bernadette Nutall.

With 58 of 59 precincts reporting in DISD District 1, I’m confident in calling the race for Edwin Flores. Flores maintained a fairly steady lead over Renard all night, and it looks like it’ll wind up with a 60/40 split for voters.

10:00 p.m. With 772 precincts reporting in Dallas county, not a ton to report. In District 10, Paul Reyes has pulled a smidge ahead of Adam McGough, but not by much – the two are still separated by less than 200 votes. In DISD District 9, 290 votes separate incumbent Bernadette Nutall and Damarcus Offord. In District 1, Kyle Renard needs 1,217 votes to pull up even with Edwin Flores. There are a few more races, but I still feel they are too close to call just yet.

9:45 p.m. While we wait for more returns, how about a look at some of the surrounding area? In Arlington, longtime Mayor Robert Cluck was ousted by Jeff Williams.  In Lewisville, Rudy Durham looks to be the leader in the mayor’s race. Mesquite’s mayoral race is still a little too close to call, and in Sunnyvale’s mayoral race Jim Phaup is leading so far.

9:30 p.m. Roughly half the precincts have reported now, and about 50 votes separate Adam McGough and Paul Reyes. This will be a runoff for sure. Voter turnout stats are slowly improving as the night progresses, too.

  • Registered voters: 1,145,988
  • Ballots Cast: 58,882
  • Voter Turnout: 5.14 %

9:10 p.m. We now have 281 precincts reporting, and I can call a few more races. As predicted, I’ll call the Dallas City Council seat 9 for Mark Clayton. I will also call seat 4 for Carolyn King Arnold, seat 5 for Rick Callahan, seat 6 for Monica Alonzo, and seat 7 for Tiffinni Young. I am also looking at a possible call for DISD District 1 soon, as Edwin Flores’ lead is now more than 1,000 votes over Kyle Renard.

I’m also predicting a possible three-way runoff for seat 8 between Dianne Gibson, Gail Terrell and Erik Wilson. With less than 100 votes between Paul Reyes and Adam McGough, I foresee a runoff for seat 10 as well.

8:45 p.m. Eighty-four precincts reporting in Dallas County, and not much has changed. Still. I’m calling the Rawlings/Ronquillo race for Rawlings – making up that kind of early voting deficit on Election Day – especially a rainy local election – is nigh to impossible. I think we will see at least a one runoff, where even fewer people will vote. I’m also calling the DISD District 3 seat for incumbent Dan Micciche. I also feel like I’ll be calling Mark Clayton the victor for seat 9 very soon as well.

8:20 p.m. Fifty-five precincts of 936 so far, and the needles haven’t moved much, if at all. City Council Seat 4 has Carolyn Arnold inching up to 50 percent, getting 891 of 1,794 votes counted so far. Rick Callahan has lost a little ground in council seat 5, now at 69 percent of the vote. In seat 8, only 100 votes separate current leader Dianne Gibson and Gail Terrell. Mark Clayton (Seat 9) will (I predict) continue to trounce nearest competitor Darren Boruff. I also predict a runoff for seat 10, between Paul Reyes and Adam McGough, separated by only 73 votes so far. In DISD, District 10 and 3 are still slowly reporting, but with three precincts reporting in District 1, Edwin Flores has widened his lead over Kyle Renard with 539 more votes, or 58 percent of the vote.

7:50 p.m. Just noticed these stats for this election. Pitiful, y’all.

  • Registered Voters: 1,145,988
  • Ballots Cast: 40,132
  • Voter Turnout: 3.50 %

7:43 p.m. While we wait for the rest of the returns to come in from today’s voting, any surprises? Less than 200 votes separate Bernadette Nutall and Damarcus Offord in DISD District 9. Some see this school board election as a referendum on Mike Miles (just like the city council races are being seen as a quasi-vote on the Trinity Toll Road). Even if Nutall maintains her lead, if it’s this small, does she have to consider her position on Miles?

Chime in while we wait!

7:10 p.m. And we’re off. Early voting returns are rolling in.  In the case of districts with more than three candidates, we will post the top two candidates.

Dallas Mayor                          Mike Rawlings   76 percent, 14,486 votes

Marcos Ronquillo, 24 percent, 4,609 votes

City Council Seat 3             Casey Thomas II, 40 percent, 685 votes
Joe Tave, 27 percent, 463 votes
City Council Seat 4             Carolyn King Arnold, 49 percent, 750 votes
Carl Hays, 13 percent, 201 votes
Sandra Crenshaw, 13 percent, 207 votes

City Council Seat 5             Rick Callahan, 71 percent, 550 votes
Sherry Cordova, 24 percent, 183 votes

City Council Seat 6             Monica Alonzo, 83  percent, 476 votes
Daniel “DC” Caldwell, 11 percent, 62 votes

City Council Seat 7            Tiffinni A. Young, 45 percent, 804 votes
Baranda J. Fermin, 14 percent, 240 votes

City Council Seat 8            Dianne Gibson, 33 percent, 399 votes
Gail Terrell, 24 percent, 296 votes

City Council Seat 9           Mark Clayton, 59 percent, 1,565 votes
Darren Boruff, 27 percent, 667 votes

City Council Seat 10          Paul Reyes, 40 percent, 1,061 votes
Adam McGough, 38 percent, 988 votes

DISD Trustee District 1          Edwin Flores, 57 percent, 1,761 votes
Kyle Renard, 43 percent, 1,302 votes

DISD Trustee District 3         Dan Micciche, 73 percent, 1,563 votes
David Lewis, 27 percent, 569 votes

DISD Trustee District 9         Bernadette Nutall, 54 percent, 1,180 votes
Damarcus Offord, 46 percent, 1,005 votes

 

7 p.m. Polls have closed. In a few minutes, returns will start coming in, starting with early voting.

6:30 p.m. You have 30 minutes to vote.

Want to see what some of the candidates were up to today? Catch up on Twitter or Facebook:

Mark ClaytonPhilip Kingston, Damarcus OffordJames WhiteMarcos RonquilloEdwin FloresKyle RenardDan Micciche, Joe Tave, and Monica Alonzo.

 5:45 p.m. I’m back home. I’ve been all over the city today, talking to supporters and getting an idea of turnout for Election Day. Guys, you have about an hour to get to your polling place. Scroll down, and we’ve provided links to find out where you should vote. I’ve seen some of you wait in a 10 plus deep line at Target for Lilly Pulitzer, so no whining about how voting is inconvenient. This takes less time, and in most locations you can have curbside parking!

I will admit – I got busy talking at one polling location and actually forgot to check voting totals. But I have a really good reason – I got to have a nice, long, impromptu town hall with some Damarcus Offord and Bernadette Nutall supporters over at Park South YMCA. These folks – even though they disagree about many things – even managed to find common ground when it came to the subject of testing. It was raining during the conversation, but immediately after we all agreed high-stakes testing was a mistake, the heavens parted and it quit raining for exactly 3 minutes. I may have even heard angels sing.

My last stop of the day was Cochran Elementary, where 22 people had voted by 1:30 p.m.

While I was out, I took this picture at Lochwood Library. East Dallas/Lakewood has a lot to choose from.

LochwoodLibrary

 

And this is just some of the hearty band of supporters that turned out for their candidates at Park South YMCA.

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4:40 p.m. Candy here showing you how quiet Dealey was this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. when I voted. At least I found a place to park!

Polling place 2

Polling place 1

 

3:00 p.m. Dodging a few rain drops, but nothing frightening. If you’re looking for your school board candidates, I’m hearing that some have taken a break from campaigning to attend the funeral of former Dallas County school board member Jan Woody tomorrow. Woody, coincidentally, held the DCS board seat currently held by DISD district 1 candidate Kyle Renard.

Some more voting totals:

Lochwood Library: 113 at 1:30

Gill Elementary: 67 at 1:30

Northridge Presbyterian: 272 at 1:35, per superstar realtor Heather Guild.

DeGoyler Elementary: 84 at 2, thanks to Louisa Meyer.

Withers Elementary: 135 at 3:30

 

1:40 p.m. Some voting totals so far today, as I head out to check out the rest of the district:

Nathan Adams: 52 as of 11:30

Addison Fire Station: 120 as of noon

Foster Elementary: 18 as of 12:28

Kramer Elementary: 73 as of 1:30

Northaven UMC: 34 as of 1:30

11:57 a.m. USGS says that rattler from earlier was a 2.7 in Farmers Branch. Is it bad that I’m getting good at prognosticating the severity of an earthquake?

11:25 a.m. Are you afraid of some rain? I sure hope not. After early voting, 35,000 registered voters in Dallas County had voted. Many think that since this isn’t a presidential election, their vote isn’t important. To that, I say bullhockey, and if you’re reading this and thinking that, well, you’re wrong. Local elections are probably the most important voting you will ever do, because it impacts things you see immediately. Property taxes. School reform. Infrastructure (better existing roads vs. new ones). You may think a presidential election is sexier, but to me, there is nothing sexier than being able to flush my toilet and put my money towards beautifying my home instead of new tires and suspension.  I’m about to head out and check voting numbers at a few polling places (because let’s face it, the heavier lifting is this evening), and I may repeat this several times, in successively crankier fashion. Go vote.

11:10 a.m. Oh hey, earthquake.

11:00 a.m. If you still need a quick primer or don’t know where to go vote, you can look here, here, herehere,  here, and here. Last night, James White, who is running for city council in District 10, told me he would be making the rounds at polling places bright and early, and many other candidates will either be at polling places or walking the block in attempts to rouse last-minute votes. Lochwood resident Michael Mason said that when he went to vote this morning around 9, he was the 13th voter at Martha T. Reilly Elementary.