This Monday and Tuesday are the last opportunities to vote early before the municipal and ISD elections next Tuesday, May 11. Here’s a Google map of early voting locations (take your pick, if you’re a registered voter) and an easy way to view your sample ballot before you go.
All Dallas voters will have the chance to vote “yes” or “no” on whether to sell two parcels of the city’s parkland. The Dallas Morning News has information and opinions on these propositions in this editorial.
Many city council districts have contested races because of redrawn council district boundaries and incumbents who are either leaving or termed out. In our neighborhood, District 4 Councilman Dwaine Caraway is running unopposed, but District 1 has what editor Rachel Stone calls a “Sophie’s choice” between two incumbents, Councilman Scott Griggs and Councilwoman Delia Jasso, who wound up in the same district after council districts were redrawn.
The three DISD districts up for election this year — four, five and seven — are all in the southern part of Dallas. District 7, which covers much of Oak Cliff and West Dallas, is currently represented by Trustee Eric Cowan, who has two challengers, Rafael Narvaez and Arturo Sierra.
The nonpartisan Dallas League of Women Voters asked several questions of each council and DISD trustee candidate in its voter guide. Topics for council candidates include a city manager change-up, gas drilling, tree preservation and the proposed Trinity Parkway. Trustee questions include concealed weapons for teachers, performance-based salaries and residency requirements for magnet schools. Read candidates’ answers here.