A slew of people filed to run for office in Dallas, and the new city manager is making good first impressions. Here's what happened in Dallas news this week:
February 17 was the deadline to run for the 14 Dallas City Council seats, for an election on May 6. Of the 39 candidates who filed, 38 are verified as qualified; one candidate's status is still "pending."
The district with the largest number of candidates is District 6, currently held by City Council member Monica Alonzo, who drew six challengers. District 7 City Council member Tiffinni Young comes in second with five challengers.
Some are former candidates returning to run again, including Joe Tave for District 3, currently held by City Council member Casey Thomas; and Eric Williams, running again in District 8, against City Council member Erik Wilson.
Two former council members are trying again: Dwaine Caraway, running for his old seat in District 4, against Carolyn Arnold; and Tennell Atkins, running in District 8 against Wilson.
Three council members have no challengers: Sandry Greyson, Adam McGough, and Jennifer Staubach Gates.
After just one week on the job, new city manager T.C. Broadnax has received some positive marks. Barrett Brown at D magazine covered Broadnax's first council meeting and said, "there are men in this world who slice through these threads before they have a chance to entangle us, and Dallas now has one of them."
Broadnax's transparency and efficiency also impressed City Council member Scott Griggs, who shared the news that Broadnax would be implementing a weekly email to keep council members abreast of our progress on key topics/issues.
This week, those topics/issues included updates on hiring a new police chief; the bond program; and the budget kick-off for FY 2017-2018.
Broadnax said his goal is to host a series of meetings to increase community involvement in the preliminary development process. The meetings will begin in late February and throughout March.