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Top Stories: Irving Mayoral Ballot Finalized; Examining Presidential Power

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Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne is not seeking a third term. Four candidates are running in this municipal election to replace her.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

As early voting continues across North Texas, a candidate in the Irving mayoral race will be allowed to remain on the ballot. Elvia Espino sued to remove Kristi Pena from the ballot, but a Dallas County judge denied her request yesterday.

Espino alleged Pena violated the state's election code because she didn’t get enough verified signatures of registered voters to place her on the ballot.

A state appeals court last month ordered Irving officials to put Pena’s name on the ballot after her application was denied. The city secretary couldn’t confirm five of the 38 signatures Pena submitted, and that left her three names short of the number she needed to get on the ballot.

Four candidates in all hope to replace Beth Van Duyne. She decided not to seek another term. Check out our municipal elections guide here.

Other stories this morning:

  • High school debaters from the Dallas school district challenged one another last night in the first-ever Mayor’s Cup contest. They debated a hot topic right now in the state legislature – school vouchers.
  • Tomorrow marks President Trump’s 100th day in office. All week, NPR’s project, “A Nation Engaged” has been looking into the question, “How powerful should any American president be?” We pitched that question to SMU’s Rita Kirk.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.