Want to Run For Office? Today’s The Day
Challenging a pair of incumbents is inadvisable, but if you’d like to throw your hat in the ring, now’s the time. The deadline to file a City Council candidacy is 5 p.m. today.
Thanks to redistricting, all of North Oak Cliff is in a single council district. So Stevens Park Estates resident Scott Griggs, who was elected to represent District 3 in 2011, is a candidate in District 1. But Kidd Springs resident Delia Jasso, who has represented District 1 on the council since 2009, is seeking a third term.
Jasso’s endorsers include Bishop Arts landlord Jim Lake; former DISD trustees Jerome Garza, Trini Garza, and Jose Plata; and Texas Theatre operators Adam Donaghey, Barak Epsetin, Jason Reimer, and Eric Steele County Commissioner Elba Garcia (Jasso’s predecessor on the council) and her husband, Domingo Garcia (a former City Council member and legislator); Scott Chase, chairman of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce; and Randall White, chairman of the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce. (Apparently, Jasso’s website has been updated since I wrote this post.)
Griggs’ endorsers include former Old Oak Cliff Conservation League president Michael Amonett, whom Griggs appointed to the Landmark Commission; Jonathan Braddick, president of the Kings Highway Conservation District; and anti-fracking activist Raymond M. Crawford.
Today is also the last day to file a candidacy for DISD’s Board of Trustees. As of this morning, no one was challenging Kings Highway Conservation District resident Eric Cowan, who is seeking a second three-year term. Cowan represents District 7, which includes all of North Oak Cliff except for Wynnewood North. That neighborhood is in District 5, which is represented by Lew Blackburn.