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By a nearly two-to-one margin, first-time candidate Miguel Solis defeated another newcomer, Kristi Lara, in the Dallas school board race for District 8. Solis' victory on Tuesday might represent another vote in support of embattled Superintendent Mike Miles.

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Dallas District 8 school board candidate Kristi Lara has dropped her lawsuit against opponent Miguel Solis.

District 8 trustee hopeful Miguel Solis asked the judge to dismiss opponent Kristi Lara's suit alleging he hasn't lived in the district the legally required six months. Solis denies the allegation, saying he meets all requirements. The case continues.

School board races, no matter how important to parents, students, or taxpayers, bring notoriously poor turnout. Even if this one's no different, the race in Dallas ISD District 8 between Miguel Solis and Kristi Lara is getting nastier. Its outcome could influence the future of DISD Superintendent Mike Miles. So far, Lara has sued Solis over an alleged residency violation. Now The Dallas Morning News reports that Solis has filed a complaint against Lara for election sign violations.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

In the Dallas school board race that could affect the superintendent,  candidate Kristi Lara has sued opponent Miguel Solis. She alleges Solis doesn’t legally live in the 8th district where they’re running. Solis denies it.

And if Kristi Lara is right, Miguel Solis would be ineligible to run. But Solis denies the allegations, says he's a legal resident in District 8, and that Lara's accusation is a desperation ploy, The Dallas Morning News reports. Solis or his attorney must respond "by 10 o'clock of the Monday next following the expiration of twenty days," or Solis could lose by default.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Dallas voters are going to the polls to elect a school board member in District 8, which includes the Love Field area and parts of central and northwest Dallas. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the choice could affect the future of Superintendent Mike Miles.