City News Roundup
Voter registration for November sets record and more Dallas city news
This week in Dallas city news, Vice President Mike Pence rallied for Texas Republicans, voters broke a record in Dallas County, and a disgraced city councilman crashed a public forum.
Here's what happened in Dallas this week:
Pence was among us
Vice President Mike Pence was in Dallas on October 8 to campaign for Texas Republicans Pete Sessions and Ted Cruz, both of whom face serious Democratic challengers in November's general election.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Pence attended rallies at the Park Cities Hilton Hotel in North Dallas.
Sessions is being challenged by Colin Allred, a Democrat who's been endorsed by former President Barack Obama. Cruz is challenged by El Paso Representative Beto O’Rourke.
The Dallas County Elections Office set a record Tuesday, leaving workers scrambling to keep up as an influx of Dallas voters registrations poured in.
According to WFAA, registrations flowed to the office en masse, far surpassing the number of registered voters seen both in Texas' last gubernatorial election and the 2016 presidential election.
"We're up about 100,000 more registered voters than we were for the last gubernatorial election," Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole told WFAA. "We're up 50,000 more from the presidential election in 2016."
According to Dallas County Elections’ website, there are 1,330,406 registered voters in Dallas County.
Voting for the November general election comes to a close November 6. Click here for sample ballots and voting locations.
Caraway crashes forum
Disgraced Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway, who pleaded guilty in August to accepting $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks, showed up at an October 9 forum for candidates vying for his former seat on the council. He slipped in during the forum at Clara Oliver Elementary School and listened as nine of 14 candidates addressed the crowd.
Amid recent claims accusing Catholic priests of sexual abuse, the Catholic Diocese of Dallas has hired former state and federal law enforcement officials to look into 220 active priests' personnel files and investigate any accusations made against the religious leaders.
Three men came forward in August and made allegations that Reverend Edmudo Paredes sexually abused them as teenagers. The Diocese said a private investigator was hired to track down the reverend who disappeared after learning of the allegations.
On October 12-13, all lanes of both northbound and southbound I-35E will be closed in Oak Cliff during a construction project. The interstate will be closed near Marsalis Avenue during a destruction project that will partially remove the Marsalis Avenue bridge and a beam-setting project at Eighth Street.
The closure will begin at 9 pm on Friday, October 12, and end at 1 pm on Saturday, October 13. Both north and southbound traffic will be forced to exit at 425C and continue on the frontage road.
In addition, the Marsalis Avenue and Ewing Avenue overpasses will be closed at I-35E during the closures.
Bike to City Hall
On October 17, Adam Medrano, Scott Griggs, Omar Navarez, and Philip Kingston will participate in the annual Bike to City Hall, which kicks off at 7:30 am at Main Street Garden Park. The ride will conclude with a press event at City Hall Plaza, where the Circuit Trail Conservancy will receive a special recognition.