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Dallas run-off election promises big changes in city council

Dallas run-off election promises big changes in city council

Omar Narvaez
Omar Narvaez, here at Dallas City Hall, is newly elected to the Dallas City Council. Photo courtesy of Omar Narvaez

A run-off election in Dallas on June 10 knocked out three city council members and promises big changes for local politics and how the city will run.

This run-off was the aftermath of an election in May, when the three council members were unable to get a majority vote. In the run-off, all three incumbents lost for good.

  • In District 6, challenger Omar Narvaez overtook incumbent Monica Alonzo, 1,132 votes to 828.
  • In District 7, challenger Kevin Felder beat incumbent Tiffinni Young, 1,215 to 1,046 votes.
  • In District 8, Tennell Atkins beat incumbent Erik Wilson, 966 votes to 919.

District 6 is West Dallas, which includes the area near Trinity Groves. It's been the site of an ongoing struggle between tenants living in low-rental housing vs. developers who want the land.

District 7 is southeast Dallas and includes Fair Park. It has been the site of an ongoing struggle between rich people represented by Mayor Mike Rawlings who want to take control of the park, vs. the city of Dallas and its residents.

District 8 is southern Dallas. It represents a return to the city council for Tennell Atkins, who won his seat back after a two-year break. He joins returning council member Dwaine Caraway, who won back his seat in District 4 in the May election, beating Carolyn Arnold who held it for two years.

All three incumbents were allies of Mayor Rawlings; he had even officially endorsed Alonzo and Young. All three incumbents were backed by by For Our Community, a PAC run by political consultant Mari Woodlief.

The same group tried to oust city council member Philip Kingston in the May election, and lost. For Our Community not doing so well in trying to run Dallas these days.

Dallas County Elections Administration sequestered 797 mail-in ballots over allegations of voter fraud, but regardless of their status, those votes are not expected to change the outcome of these races.

Other races included a seat on the Dallas ISD board between incumbent Dustin Marshall, who also received major financial backing, and challenger Lori Kirkpatrick. It drew the largest number of voters, a total of 9,326. Kirkpatrick lost, 3,136 to Marshall's 6,190.

There were also two area mayoral races. In Farmers Branch, upstart Robert Dye beat city council member and candidate Harold Froehlich, 1,730 to 1,536. Carrollton elected Kevin Falconer, who beat Steve Babick, 3,171 to 2,129.