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Vote 2013

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At her first meeting as a new Tarrant Regional Water District board member, Mary Kelleher made good on her campaign promise to challenge the status quo.

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Fort Worth voters rejected three incumbents on the city council and school board in Saturday runoff elections

Jacinto Ramos, Jr. stomped incumbent school board member Carlos Vasquez, 86% to 14%.

School board candidate Ashley Paz narrowly unseated Juan Rangel, 51% to 49%.

Former broadcast reporter Gyna Bivens turned out sitting councilman Frank Moss, 57% to 43%.

In Dallas, Rick Callahan defeated Jesse Diaz, 60% to 40%, to represent Pleasant Grove on the Dallas City Council.

North Texans will vote in several important local runoff elections Saturday. You can find links to sources of voting information here.

Frank Moss/Gyna Bivens

A long serving Fort Worth city council member is trying to hold on to his seat in this weekend’s run-off election.

Saturday’s vote will determine whether incumbent Frank Moss or first-time candidate Gyna Bivens wins east Fort Worth’s District 5.

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Voters decide two Dallas City Council seats in Saturday’s runoff election.  In Districts 5 and 14, the runoff rhetoric has swirled around personality and race. 

Bickel & Brewer Storefront is suing the Grand Prairie Independent School District claiming its at-large election system violates the Voting Rights Act and denies Latino voters fair representation.

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Three out of four Fort Worth City Council incumbents are keeping their jobs. Another is in a runoff. So the council’s direction is unlikely to change.

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After Saturday’s election, Hispanic representation on the Dallas City Council could take a step back at a time when the Latino population is growing. And, there will also be fewer women on the council. 

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The Irving School Board is taking a new direction after Saturday night’s election. Randy Randle, Lee A. Mosty and Norma C. Gonzales – allies of censured trustee Steven Jones – won their respective seats.

Among the changes Randle wants is for immigrant children to learn English through immersion instead of the current bilingual program. Randle defeated Mike Gregory for District 7.

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Ana Reyes will make history in the city of Farmers Branch when she is sworn in as the first Hispanic member on an all-white city council. Reyes defeated William Capener 63 to 37 to win the district one seat.

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[UPDATED 10:03] We're done for the night, but all the local election results and stories are here. 

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Following are links to stories KERA has reported about pivotal, North Texas elections on the May 11 ballot.  We’ve included  candidate questionnaires that identify priorities and policy positions on key issues.

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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.

Fort Worth ISD Candidates Discuss Priorities, Charter Schools

May 9, 2013
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Six candidates are competing for two contested seats on the Fort Worth Board of Education.  Half of the candidates responded to our questionnaire with information about:

·       Their qualifications

·       Needed changes within the district

·       Whether they support expanding charter school options

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Current leadership on Irving’s School Board may shift after this Saturday’s election. As a result, the new leaders could change the district’s direction.

Six candidates are running for three seats on the Irving Independent School Board. 

KERA has reported that the election could lead to a shift of philosophy among a majority of board members and that may lead to significant changes for Irving schools.

KERA asked candidates about their qualifications, changes they support for the district and their perspective on charter schools.

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Manny Benevidez   Did not respond.

Gwen Craig

·        Age:  63

Will voters want you back if you quit during your term in office?  Will they think you’re ineffective if don’t vote on big issues because of a family conflict? Those are two of the biggest questions in the Fort Worth District 8 council race between incumbent Kelly Allen Gray and the council member she replaced, Kathleen Hicks. 

District 8 Incumbent Council Member Kelly Allen Gray joined the Fort Worth City Council in July 2012 after winning a special election to complete the unexpired term of Kathleen Hicks. Hicks left the council after seven years to run in the 33rd District Congressional race.  Hicks is now trying to regain her council seat.

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Former Fort Worth Council member Jim Lane wants his job back.  Sal Espino, the council’s only Hispanic, says he deserves to stay.

For Northside voters in  District 2 the election probably comes down to this: are you better off today with Sal Espino than you were eight years ago when Jim Lane stepped down after 12 years on the council?

Fort Worth City Council Incumbent Sal Espino has represented District 2 since 2005, when Council member Jim Lane stepped down and recruited Espino.

Lane now says Espino has "lost his focus"  and Lane wants to return to the seat he held from 1993-2005.

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School board elections rarely attract much attention. That means wealthy donors and political action committees - PACs - can sway outcomes. Here's how the three biggest contributors are  trying to do that in the May 11  DISD elections.

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Seven candidates are running for three Dallas School Board seats.  We asked them:

  • Why are you best equipped to serve your district?
  • How do you rate Superintendent Mile Miles performance?
  • What changes would improve student education
  • What role should charter schools should play in the district. 

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It’s the end of an era in Dallas City Council District 14.  The outspoken Angela Hunt is stepping down because of term limits and seven candidates are lined up to take her place.  It’ll be a big job for the newcomer chosen to represent a diverse and demanding district. So, what do constituents want?

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Seven candidates are vying to replace Angela Hunt to represent a diverse district that includes portions of downtown and the arts district; lower Greenville Avenue;  Cedar Springs and East Dallas.   Here's what they had to say on taxes, gas drilling, the Trinity River Tollway, arts funding and more.

Incumbent Gwen Craig will have to defeat Hispanic activist Manuel Benavidez and retired teacher Lee Mosty to keep her place on the Irving ISD School Board. Craig was elected in 2010 two months after the board hired Superintendent Dana Bedden away from a school district in Georgia, a controversial decision.

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Today is the first day of early voting for candidates and issues on the May 11 ballot. For arts groups in Dallas it’s an important election. In recent years the city has cut funding for the arts even as the number of events have grown.

Arts groups in Dallas have held several forums to find out what city council candidates would do to support the arts.  KERA also wanted to know, so we asked those competing in contested races. Here’s what they told us. 

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Hispanics make up nearly half of the population in Farmers Branch - and for the first time the city may have a shot at electing a Hispanic city council member. This comes after a lawsuit filed against the city’s at-large election system resulted in newly drawn single member districts, one of which has a majority of Hispanic citizens. 

Redistricting has placed current Dallas City Council members Scott Griggs and Delia Jasso in the same North Oak Cliff district.  Contentious debates about gas drilling, the Trinity River Corridor and rapid growth have made this one of the most competitive council races.  

Here's a look at the candidates and their campaigns' answers to six key questions: