Get up to speed on Dallas city elections with this handy cheat sheet
The day draws near when Dallas will see an election that changes the makeup of our city government, with eight seats turning over on the city council, plus a contest for the position of the mayor. During these impactful times, you want to be on your toes as a functioning member of society. That begins with registering to vote by April 9, the cutoff date for the May 9 election.
Registering is one thing, but how to get informed on the toll road, I-345, the Dream Team and other issues facing Dallas residents? We've compiled a list of online resources that, if ingested daily, will help get you ready to roll by election day.
The basic tools to get you going.
Dallas County Votes. Info on how to register to vote.
Online form. Site where you can fill out application form. Doesn't get any simpler than this.
City of Dallas election information. List of all candidates running for mayor and city council.
Voter Guide. Dallas Morning News voter guide for May 9 election allows you to compare candidates side-by-side and create your own ballot.
Old ways of thinking, longtime deciders of how things go in Dallas, against which a backlash has formed.
People with new ideas challenging the status quo.
Insiders who are leading the conversation on what should happen in the future Dallas.
Philip T Kingston, Facebook page of city council member and transparency soldier Philip Kingston.
ScottGriggsDallas, Facebook page of city council member Scott Griggs, he of Oak Cliff.
Wylie H. Dallas, Facebook page of shadowy political operative Wylie H. Dallas, who posts city-related links all day and night.
StreetSmart, planning and transportation blog on D Magazine site from urban designer Patrick Kennedy.
Angela Hunt, former city council member and occasional columnist for the Advocate.
More new ideas, not as big.
Reimagine DART. Small group wants to eliminate duplicate bus routes and providing more frequent, direct service to popular locations.
My Trinity Park. This group says that it wants a new plan for Trinity Park.
Dallas Civic Digest. One citizen’s attempt to distill complicated issues. Not many posts so far.
VoteForAChange. Page is dedicated to electing "people responsive to citizens instead of special interests."
Using humor to challenge the status quo.
Mayor Mike. Over-the-top satire of Mayor Mike Rawlings portrays him at his bumbling finest.
Mockingbird Pothole. Tongue-in-cheek campaign spotlights Dallas' high number of potholes and the folly of the toll road.
Busted Utility Poles. One of the numerous spin-offs of Mockingbird Pothole, dedicated to broken utility poles.
See the candidates debate at the following forums:
Tuesday, April 7 at 7 pm. District 6. Bachman Lake Branch Library, 9480 Webb Chapel Rd.
Thursday, April 9 at 7 pm. District 9 and District 10. Audelia Road Branch Library, 10045 Audelia Rd.
Saturday, April 11 at 2 pm. District 7. Skyline Branch Library, 6006 Everglade Rd.
Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm. District 4 and District 8. Paul Laurence Dunbar Branch Library, 2008 E. Kiest Rd.