City Council runoff election to pit Carolyn King Arnold vs. Keyaira Saunders

First a snap election, now a runoff.

The election to replace former Mayor Pro-Tem Dwaine Caraway in Oak Cliff’s City Council District 4 sussed out two candidates, from a field of 12, who will compete in a December runoff election.

Caraway pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and stepped down from City Council earlier this year. A snap election drew 13 candidates initially (one dropped out), and none of them received more than 50 percent of the vote.

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That means the top two vote-getters — Carolyn King Arnold (25.8 percent/3,688 votes) and Keyaira Saunders (17.1 percent/2,445 votes) — will be on the ballot Dec. 11.

Besides that, whoever wins likely will start campaigning again — the seat will be up for reelection in May.

Carolyn King Arnold

Arnold, 65, won the District 4 seat in 2015 after Caraway had to sit out because of term limits. But he beat her when he ran for the seat again in 2017.

She’s a retired teacher and the president of the Glen Oaks Homeowners Association.

Keyaira Saunders

Saunders, 28, is an activist, the wife of Dominique Alexander, founder of the Next Generation Action Network.

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