With the August 23 deadline now behind us, 13 candidates, several with leadership and/or political experience, have applied to run for the open District 4 seat in the Dallas City Council.
The seat became vacant in early August following the resignation of Dwaine Caraway, who was ousted after pleading gulty to federal bribery charges. There'll be a special election on November 6. In the very likely case that no single candidate wins 50 percent of the votes, a runoff election will be held December 11.
There were 15 applicants in total, but two did not meet the various criteria including residing within District 4 for six months and the collection of 25 signatures to a petition.
Kebran Alexander is a former IT professional and healthcare chairperson for the Dallas chapter of the NAACP.
Carolyn King Arnold held the District 4 council seat from 2015-2017. She was elected when term limits forced Caraway from the council, and unseated two years later when he took it back. She lost by only 207 votes.
Dawn Blair has been a real estate property manager for the city of Dallas Aviation Department since 2013.
Corwyn Davis is a lawyer who has his own law firm and an adjunct professor of the trial advocacy program at The University of North Texas at Dallas' School of Law.
Lester Houston is the president of the Zoo Creek Park Neighborhood Association.
Obi E. Igbokwe is a former Dallas County Schools bus driver.
Becky Lewis is a former aide to Eddie Bernice Johnson who served as a Constituent Services Liaison in the Dallas office.
Vincent T. Parker is a pastor at Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church in Oak Cliff who sits on the board of directors of the Trinity Park Conservancy.
Joli Robinson is manager for The Office of Community Affairs and the Youth Outreach Unit at the Dallas Police Department.
Keyaira D. Saunders is a returning candidate who ran for the seat in 2015, and a board member on the Next Generation Action Network.
Brandon Vance ran for the U.S. House in 2016 to represent the 30th Congressional District of Texas but lost to incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson.
Justina Walford is a filmmaker and recent Caraway appointee to Dallas' Animal Advisory Commission.
Donald A. Washington retired from JCPenney in 2011 and says he is personally involved with other homeowners in his community and outside of his district.