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Domini Davis

  • While the spring election hasn’t received as much attention as last November’s presidential and state Legislative contests, the candidates on the ballot potentially have much more influence on residents’ day-to-day lives.Here’s what you need to know about the May 1 election.
  • Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson will not appear on the ballot, but all 14 Dallas City Council seats and three Dallas ISD board seats are up for grabs. The City of Dallas has two propositions to determine if non-U.S. citizens can serve on advisory boards. Plus, there's a whole host of races and items on the ballot for other cities the county.
  • There are three open seats on the Collin College Board of Trustees. The school has been in the news recently because several women faculty members were let go after publicly voicing dissatisfaction with the school's COVID-19 response. Plus, Plano voters will decide on a new mayor, three other city council members, three school board representatives and six bond referendum items.
  • The Tarrant County College District Board of Trustees has seven members. It provides final approval for district policies, budget and faculty and staff appointments. It also has the power to levy taxes for the construction of physical facilities and for District operation. The Tarrant Regional Water Tax District Board candidates are running to fill to fill three, four-year positions.
  • Fort Worth's longest-serving mayor, Betsy Price, isn't running for reelection, leaving room for change in city leadership for the first time in years. Two current City Council members are gunning for her job, and another is retiring, leaving three seats up for grabs -- and the races are more crowded than usual. This is a big difference from years past. In 2019, all the same City Council members got reelected.
  • There is an seven-candidate field in the Arlington Mayor's race, including a current city councilman, a former city councilman and several leaders of community organizations. There are also four City Council races and three Arlington ISD board seats on the ballot.
  • Representative Ron Wright died in February after he tested positive for COVID-19. A whopping 23 candidates are running in the special election to replace him: 11 Republicans, 10 Democrats, a Libertarian and an Independent. The district covers part of the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth, and a large rural territory covering Waxahachie, Ennis, Corsicana, and Eureka.
  • The Dallas Morning News reports that the two locations will be in Plano, at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway, and Frisco, at the northeast corner of Legacy Drive and Main Street. The stores are scheduled to open in fall 2022.
  • Beginning April 1, a new plan sets general admission ticket prices for weekdays and weekends that will change throughout the year, based on seasonal attendance. Also, tickets for the first Tuesday of every month will be $8 for general admission.
  • Arlington is exapnding its sole source of public transit, the ridesharing service called Via, to include the entire city and the CentrePort TRE Station.
  • Three Fort Worth elementary schools will finally begin in-person teaching next week, days after most of the district schools were able to return.
  • Dallas’ Trinity Park Conservancy has named a new CEO and president. Tony Moore, executive director and CEO of The Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is poised to take the reins of the organization April 5.