It was contentious, a lot. In fact, at one point almost anyone remotely affiliated with a Scott Griggs supporter was blocked by mayoral candidate Eric Johnson on social media. But in the end, he not only unblocked everyone, according to his campaign, but he also won a fairly combative race to become Dallas’ next mayor.

Johnson beat Griggs 55 percent to 44 percent.

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The tone Johnson took Saturday night was much lighter as he spoke to supporters after Griggs conceded. 

After making his way to the stage and hugging his wife, Johnson took a deep breath.

“This is one of those moments that you think you’re prepared for, but you’re just never prepared for something like this,” he said, going on to thank Griggs for his years of service to the city. (more…)

District 7Dallas City Council District 7 turned out to be one of the more notable races in the municipal election last month — the incumbent, Kevin Felder, garnered a distant fourth place in a crowded field of candidates.

But that doesn’t mean that there are two complete unknowns vying for the D7 seat, however. Tiffinni Young has spent time on the horseshoe before, having been elected in 2015 and losing her re-election campaign in the runoff election on June 10, 2017.

Her opponent, a high school teacher Adam Bazaldua, is a known quantity in the district as well, having served on several community groups and task forces.

At the end of election night, Bazaldua had 23 percent of the vote, and Young pulled in 22.17 percent.  All told, there were six races (five city and one Dallas ISD school board race) where none of the candidates reached the 50 percent threshold required to win outright, kicking off an extended election season that will culminate with a runoff election on June 8.

We solicited questions from readers and voters to craft a comprehensive questionnaire for each individual race. However, only Bazaldua returned his questionnaire — we reached out via email and social media to Young’s campaign and had no response.

We have Bazaldua’s responses in full below, but here are some highlights: (more…)

Last month, Dallas ISD District 2 Trustee Dustin Marshall found himself upside down in the general election, with challenger Lori Kirkpatrick besting him by 291 votes. However, she was 23 votes shy of the required 50 percent, so both geared up for more campaigning and a runoff election.

What a difference a month makes. Although totals aren’t finalized because mail-in ballots where voters required assistance to complete are currently sequestered, Marshall shot out to a sizeable lead after early voting totals were posted – holding 71.32 percent of the vote to Kirkpatrick’s 28.68 percent.

Kirkpatrick was never able to make up the deficit and finished the night with 33.63 percent of the vote, or 3,136 votes to Marshall’s 6,190.

Marshall was the only incumbent in the Dallas runoff election to retain his seat as well. Omar Narvaez beat Monica Alonzo for the city District 6 race, 1,132 votes to 828. In District 7, Kevin Felder edged out incumbent Tiffinni Young, 1,215 to 1,046 votes. In District 8, Tennell Atkins squeaked past Erik Wilson, 966 votes to 919.

The trustee race was also the one that brought the most to the polls. (more…)

Future of Fair park mtgOn Thursday evening, Dallas City Councilwoman for District 7, Tiffinni Young, held an evening meeting at Fair Park in the African American Museum to fully inform her constituents about the Humann Plan for Fair park.

John Jenkins from the Dallas Park & Recreation Board was there to explain proposal basics, and Walt Humann took the stage with microphone to talk details. We are posting videos of the meeting here. Full disclosure: they were created by The Foundation for Community Empowerment, founded by Don Williams.

Just for your information, the videos are broken into eight segments. The meeting started with Mr. Jenkins, then Walt Humann took the stage, then Tiffinni Young wrapped.

Instead of offering Q&A with the audience immediately after the presentation, Tiffinni explained they would have break out groups, one with her, one with Mr. Humann, one with Adam McGough.

Young, McGough, and Monica Alonzo are the three Dallas City Council members charged with negotiating and revising the contract presented at the Dallas City Council briefing August 29.

At least one of the attendees thought the break-out method was unusual – I have been to many seminars and while break-out groups usually occur within a meeting, I have never seen them used as AFTER a meeting, unless you come back to everyone and “report” on what each group produced. This gentleman used this as another example of the City’s refusal to discuss the Fair Park Foundation plan openly. Why NOT an audience Q&A? (more…)