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Yaw Niel

All 14 Dallas City Council seats and three Dallas ISD board seats are on the ballot. The City of Dallas has two propositions to determine if non-U.S. citizens can serve on four city advisory boards. Plus, there's a whole host of races and items on the ballot for other cities the county.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson will not appear on the ballot because he is in the middle of a four-year term. But all 14 Dallas City Council seats are up for grabs, with three open because incumbents have hit term limits.

District 2’s Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, council member Lee Kleinman in District 11 and council member Jennifer Gates in District 13 are ineligible to run after serving 4 consecutive two-year terms.

All other incumbents in Districts 1 - 10, 12 and 14 are running and seeking reelection. More than 50 names will be on this year’s ballot.

While the spring election hasn’t received as much attention as last November’s, it could potentially have much more influence on residents’ day-to-day lives. Here’s what you need to know about the May 1 election.

This year’s city council races come at a time when the city has spent a year trying to navigate the economic loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the candidates vying for a seat have spent the last year helping Black and Latino communities hardest hit. Others were among the ones who were in the streets last summer protesting for racial equality after the death of George Floyd.

Also, tensions between Mayor Johnson and the current council have been a little rocky. Notably seen during last year’s heated city budget discussion, where the city had to decide how much money was allocated to the Dallas Police Department at a time when some Dallas residents were calling for major cuts in the department.

Now, it’s up to voters to decide what they'd like to see in office. If no candidate gets 50% of the votes cast by May 1, the top two finishers will advance to a run-off election on June 5.

In addition to city council seats, Dallas voters will get a chance to decide if non-U.S. citizens should be allowed to serve on four of the city's advisory boards and commissions. The city has more than 50, but the park board, city plan commission, redistricting commission and civil service board require a citizenship to serve. The proposal was spearheaded by District 5 council member Jaime Resendez.

There are three Dallas ISD board seats on the ballot.

And from Addison to Carrollton and beyond, there are many races on the ballot for other cities in Dallas County. Check out a full sample ballot with all the races in the county.

Dallas City Council

Place 1
Chad Austin West
Gerardo Sanchez Corona
Stephani Ann Kyle
Michael Giovanni Valderas

Place 2
Jesus A. Moreno
Raha Assadi
Jonas J. Park
Jennifer Cortez
Rene Yanez
Michael Ryan Fetzer
Sana Syed

Place 3
Casey Earnest Thomas
Irby Lynn Foster

Place 4
Maxie L. Johnson
Carolyn King Arnold
Johnny Aguinaga
Matthew Johnathan Louis Canto
Lelani Marie Russell

Place 5
Yoland Faye Williams
Ruth Torres
Jaime Resendez
Terrance Lamont Perkins
Sarah G. CC Anderson

Place 6
Omar Narvaez
Wendi Leigh Macon
Monica R. Alonzo
Earl D. Thomas
Tony Carrillo

Place 7
Israel Rey Varela
Adam Ryan Bazaldua
James Clyde Turknett
Donald Ray Parish Jr.
Kevin Fielder
Calvin Demond Johnson
Walter A. Higgins
Tramonica Shanice Brown

Place 8
Tennell Atkins
Davante D. Peters
Subrina Lynn Brenham
Lakolya Creashun London
Melissa Rose Williams

Place 9
Paula C. Blackmon
John D. Botefuhr
Judith Marie Kumar

Place 10
Sirrano Keith Baldeo
Byron Adam McGough

Place 11
Jaynie Schultz
Mary Candace Evans
Hosanna Yemiru
Barry Wernick

Place 12
Cara Lizette Mendelsohn
Elva Estella Curl

Place 13
Gay Donnell Willis
Leland Ronald Burk
Willard Mac Smith Jr.
Da'On Boulanger-Chatman
Ryan McClendon Moore

Place 14
Paul. E. Ridley
David Marshall Blewitt
Elizabeth Mills Viney

Dallas ISD Board Of Trustees

District 1
Edwin Flores

District 3
Dan Micciche

District 9
Justin Henry
Ulana Sigler

City Of Dallas Propositions

If non-U.S. citizens should be allowed to serve on all of the city’s advisory boards will be determined through two propositions:

  • Proposition A: Eliminating the Requirement That A Member of a Board or Commission Created by the City Charter be Registered or Qualified to Vote.
  • Proposition B: Eliminating the Requirement That a Member of the Civil Service Board be a Qualified Taxpaying Citizen.

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Corrected: April 22, 2021 at 10:43 AM CDT
A previous version of this story said all City of Dallas boards and commissions had a citizenship requirement. Only the park board and city plan commission, redistricting commission members and civil service board have that requirement.