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Key endorsements come in for Dallas City Council race in May election

Key endorsements come in for Dallas City Council race in May election

Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston
Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston has received key endorsements in the upcoming May election. Photo courtesy of Dallas Voice

With an election coming up on May 6 for the Dallas City Council, endorsements are rolling in. Those include a list of endorsed candidates by the Dallas Green Alliance Political Action Committee, as well as endorsements by Wylie H. Dallas, a local advocate for the city of Dallas.

Early voting begins April 24.

Wylie H. Dallas is the well-known advocate for Dallas and former blogger whose posts on Twitter and Facebook have had a profound effect on local city politics. Issues he raises frequently end up as the subject of stories in the Dallas Observer, Advocate, and other local publications. Wylie's benchmark for endorsements is, "candidates that put the interests of their constituents first."

His endorsements are as follows:

  • District 1: Scott Griggs
  • District 2: Adam Medrano
  • District 3: Joe Tave
  • District 4: Dwaine Caraway
  • District 5: Dominique Paulette Torres
  • District 6: Omar Narvaez
  • District 7: Adam Bazaldua & Tammy Johnston
  • District 8: Eric Lemonte Williams
  • District 9: Mark Clayton
  • District 10: Adam McGough
  • District 11: Candace Evans
  • District 12: Sandy Greyson
  • District 13: Jennifer Staubach Gates
  • District 14: Philip Kingston

The Dallas Green Alliance PAC was founded in 2014 with a primary mission of stopping the Trinity Toll Road project. It currently has nine members including Dallas Park & Recreation board member Becky Rader and community garden advocate Clarice Criss.

The Alliance sent out candidate questionnaires after the February 17 filing deadline, covering a range of topics, including the Trinity Toll Road, the future of Fair Park, gentrification, and water quality. Follow-up interviews were conducted in late March.

While the PAC focused much of its energy on the toll road during the 2015 election, it has diversified its green issues in 2017. But the toll road remains the group's litmus test for support.

"These are the candidates we believe are most critical to forming a green majority around the horseshoe," says Alliance co-chairs Erica Cole and Brandon Pollard in a release.

Cole says that forthright opposition to the toll road and support for a wide range of critical environmental justice issues made most of the selections easy, but that the group intends to hold all candidates accountable to opposing the toll road over the next two years. "It's time for the City Council to step up, oppose the toll road, and start the park now," she says.

Unfortunately, the group could not agree on candidates for every district. Its endorsements are as follows:

  • District 1: Scott Griggs
  • District 2: Adam Medrano
  • District 3: No endorsement
  • District 4: No endorsement
  • District 5: Dominique Torres
  • District 6: Omar Narvaez & Alex Dickey
  • District 7: Adam Bazaldua
  • District 8: Eric Williams
  • District 9: Mark Clayton
  • District 10: No endorsement
  • District 11: Candace Evans
  • District 12: Sandy Greyson
  • District 13: No endorsement
  • District 14: Philip Kingston