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Poll: Will You Vote in Local Elections?

Does the city council matter?

In the February issue of D Magazine, Wick writes that this May’s Dallas council elections could revolutionize the city:

Because of term limits, six seats are open, the largest number in one election in memory. The ones giving up their seats are among the worst council members in the city’s history (Dwaine Caraway excepted). Luckily, the remaining council members are among the brightest and most thoughtful ever to serve. It would take only a few new members of the same caliber to tip the balance.

So this time the candidates do matter. Beware the guy who promises to fix the pothole on your street. That’s another go-along, get-along sort who will be easily co-opted by the city staff. Embrace instead the candidate who talks about growing the tax base as a whole so we can fix all the potholes and reduce your tax burden at the same time.

Is that enough to get you fired up about voting?



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Comments

  • Johnyalamo

    Tollroad.
    Which canidates are against it?

    • lakewoodhobo
    • Sanders Kaufman

      Nearly all are against it, as is almost every voter. It’s a fake issue to distract from real issues – like the IT infrastructure failures, bad conduct by several senior police officials and, especially, poverty.

  • WMD

    In 2007, there were 7 council elections and a mayor’s race.

  • Eric

    No one will ever fill all the potholes. Potholes are the ‘look over here” bright and shiny object the city illusionists use to distract us from the taking away and disappearing going on right in front of us.

  • Anonymous

    Fix. The. Roads.