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Sat May 11, 2013
Live Blog: Reyes Makes History As First Hispanic Elected To Farmers Branch Council
[UPDATED 10:03] We're done for the night, but all the local election results and stories are here.
[UPDATED 9:55] It looks like Laura Maczka could be the first citizen-elected mayor Richardson's had in almost 60 years. She holds 71 percent of the votes counted with 19 of 28 precincts reporting, while Amir Omar carried 29 percent.
[UPDATED 9:29] Margie Stipes, whose son Larry Stipes is on the Irving school board but not up for re-election, was at City Hall donning a green Vote for Randy Randle t-shirt. As of post time, Randle was leading in the race for the Place 7 seat.
The longtime Irving resident told KERA's Stella Chavez she supports his vision of implementing an English-immersion program for non-English speaking students.
"I see young people coming to this country and they learn to speak English immediately, and they can graduate speaking English," she said. "I think these young ones who are starting in the first grade and I think they need to speak English."
She said she's glad to see that some schools offer English classes for the parents.
[UPDATED 9:18] We've confirmed both Ana Reyes and Scott Griggs will join us on the air during our next round of updates at 9:32. Listen here.
[UPDATED 8:57] New numbers: Scott Griggs now has 60 percent of the vote in the race for Dallas City Council District 1. Jennifer Staubauch Gates is leading with 65 percent of the vote in District 13. We'll come back with a full election roundup on the air at 9:32.
[UPDATED 8:42] Straight from BJ Austin: Councilman Scott Griggs is optimistic about his 10 point lead in the early vote. He says his message of protecting neighborhoods obviously resonated. Several Griggs supporters at his election watch party say they were very disappointed Griggs and incumbent Delia Jasso were lumped together in a redrawn district. One voter who lives in Jasso's old district says it was very difficult to choose between two qualified, incumbent candidates. Another calls the combining of the Jasso and Griggs districts "stinky politics" at Dallas City Hall.
[UPDATED 8:01] Scott Griggs is ahead of Delia Jasso with 56 percent for Dallas' District One City Council seat. BJ Austin tells us live on the air that a meager 4.2 percent turnout on election day may reflect some voters' reluctance to choose between the two incumbents.
[UPDATED 7:45] KERA's Stella Chavez checks in from Irving City Hall. The leading candidates for Irving ISD school board seats and other residents are there, she says, but so far, no sign of censured trustee Steven Jones.
[UPDATED 7:40] "People here are already breaking out the drinks," Silverman says. She's at Cuquita's -- and so is State Representative Anchia, who's cheering on Reyes. She has a heavy lead with 67 percent of the early vote.
[UPDATED 7:29] At 7:38, we'll hear from KERA's Lauren Silverman who's in Farmers Branch with the Ana Reyes camp. Reyes is running against Bill Capener for the District 1 City Council seat. If she wins, the the daughter of Mexican immigrants and district manager for Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia will become the city's first Hispanic city council member. Read up on the city's policies that have made national news for perceived anti-immigrant tones via Silverman's report on Reyes' run.
[UPDATED 7:15] In the race for Fort Worth City Council District 2, Incumbent Sal Espino is ahead of former Councilmember Jim Lane by 12 percent: 56 to 44. Bill Zeeble's live on air right now from Fort Worth.
[UPDATED 6:43]: Polls close at 7 p.m. and our newsroom lot has scattered. A few of the races KERA reporters are covering in the field tonight and why:
- Dallas City Councilmembers Delia Jasso and Scott Griggs are both against shale drilling on the city's park land. But Griggs has taken a prominent role in the debate -- and he doesn't think drilling should happen in Dallas, period. The dicey issue is one reason why BJ Austin is zooming in on the Jasso-Griggs race, as the two face each other in the re-drawn District One. Revisit the pair's debate in April.
- Fort Worth City Councilmember Sal Espino and former Councilmember Jim Lane are battling to represent Northside. Lane served for 12 years on the council; after 8 years away, he's ready to step back in. So he's challenging Espino, the council’s lone Hispanic - and District 2's constituency is 60 percent Hispanic. Bill Zeeble's got tabs on this race as results come in, after both candidates made their cases to Shelley Kofler earlier this week.
- Another Fort Worth Council race Zeeble's reporting on: the square-off between District 8's Kelly Allen Gray and former councilmember Kathleen Hicks. Gray won a special election in July 2012 to complete Hicks' unexpired term. (She'd stepped down to run in the 33rd District Congressional race.) The two candidates shared their views about Fort Worth's pension plan and other hot-button issues.