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Linda Koop

Texas Tribune

State Rep. Stefani Carter, R-Dallas, might have had an easy time seeking re-election to her seat in House District 102. But after she reversed a decision to run a statewide campaign for railroad commissioner last year, she re-entered what had become a crowded contest for her House seat. She ultimately finished second in the GOP primary, with 33 percent of the vote.

That leaves the two-term incumbent in a tight spot going into her May runoff with Linda Koop, a former Dallas city councilwoman, who finished with just under 35 percent.

Kent Wang /

Does it matter if there are fewer women elected to the Dallas City Council?  Two veteran councilwomen say it “may” in some ways.  Tomorrow’s council elections will end a female council majority.