Meet the City Council Candidates

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Voting is now underway for the hotly contested Dallas City Council District 11 seat. Incumbent Lee Kleinman is facing a challenge from popular real estate blogger Candace “Candy” Evans. People Newspapers recently talked with both of them about their positions on  key issues.  Below are a few of their answers.

Early voting will continue through May 2, and the general election will be held May 6.

 

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Candace “Candy” Evans

Journalist, blogger, small business owner

 

 

Why did you decide to run for city council?  

I am running for Dallas City Council in District 11 because Dallas is at a crossroads. We are losing to the suburbs. We are serving the suburbs. We need to be more Dallas-centric and focus on our neighborhoods and citizen’s needs. While researching various stories for my blog, CandysDirt.com, I started attending various City Council meetings and could not believe the way city business was handled. Or rather, mishandled. It began with the attempted give-away of Fair Park.

In the FOUR YEARS since my opponent has been on the Dallas City Council, District 11, like the rest of the city, is WORSE, not better.

Where do you stand on the Trinity River project?

I am against a $1.8 billion toll road. I am for a natural, black-land prairie park. The 9-or 10-mile road will not help anyone’s commute. A park will be much more attractive to development.

What else should voters know about you?

I am the founder and publisher of CandysDirt.com, am passionate about Dallas, and a real go-getter. I am not running on my family connections, I am running on what I have been able to create: the first real estate news blog in Dallas that is extremely successful, well-read, and profitable

 

 

LeeKleinman

 

Lee Kleinman

Business management, consultant

District 11 councilman since 2013

 

Why did you decide to seek reelection?

I’ve done a lot of good work in the last four years, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. I want to continue serving the people of District 11.

Where do you stand on the Trinity River project?

I’m pretty excited about the plan to start the first major park project between the Margaret McDermott Bridge and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. That’s’ going to be a beautiful addition adjacent to downtown that everyone can use. I support the parkway for transportation purposes so that our Southern Dallas residents can get to job centers in the northern part of the city.

What else should voters know about you?

My main focus has been quality of life for District 11. I Want to make sure we maintain the quality we have in our single family neighborhoods while providing access to shopping and other amenities. I’m working really hard to make sure North Dallas remains the best part of the city.

 

 


Meet the School Board Candidates

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Voting has begun in Dallas ISD board of trustee elections. Three candidates are vying for the District 2 seat, which covers a wide swath of Preston Hollow. Dustin Marshall is seeking his first full term.  He won a special election last spring to fill the opening that was created when former trustee Mike Morath was was appointed Texas Education Agency Commissioner. Marshall faces challenges from physician assistant Lori Kirkpatrick and school teacher Richard Young.

Early voting will continue through May 2, and the general election will be held May 6. Below or a few excerpts from the candidate’s own words on where they stand on  key issues.

 

Dustin Marshall

 

Dustin Marshall
(Incumbent)

CEO Hazel’s Hot Shot

 

 

Priorities:

Early Education – Research shows that 85 percent of brain development occurs in a child before the age of 5 and yet only 5 percent of education dollars are spent on early education.

Principals – We need more effective professional development programs for district principals.

Racial Equity – All DISD students deserve respectful learning environments in which their racial and ethnic diversity is valued and contributes to their success.

Teacher Development – A high-quality teacher is the most important controllable factor in determining the future of the kids we serve. Our educators deserve an accurate assessment of the quality of instruction they are providing, and a system of professional support.

 

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Lori Kirkpatrick

Physician Assistant

 

 

Priorities:

The most pressing issue is funding. We have less money per person right now than we did in 2011. Part of that is attendance and growing enrollment which will help our funding.

I will work to establish a community school concept for our struggling schools. I would like to see us revitalizing our neighborhood schools.

I am adamantly opposed to vouchers and equally opposed to the A-F rating system. I will fight against any program devised to take taxpayer dollars and divert them to private education entities.

I will work to expand early childhood education to ensure that all of our Dallas ISD children are Kindergarten ready.

I’m a pro public education. I feel like I want to jump in and help preserve public education. In my mind that is a big movement.

 

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Richard Young

Classroom Teacher

 

 

Priorities:

I want to see different changes in our school board. I’m a former student of DISD and enjoyed being a student there. I want to see more good things for the schools.

I don’t think all of our student needs are being met academically. The needs of our low socioeconomic and homeless kids are definitely not being met.

I would reach out to constituents and see what it is that is draining students and use the feedback to change DISD.

I’m a strong supporter of students. I’ve been with schools for approximately eight years. Whether I’m voted in or not, I still want my community to know that I’m always behind my students 100 percent.


Williams Elementary School Sounds Better

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Teachers' frequency modulation systems sync with students' hearing devices. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Teachers’ frequency modulation systems sync with students’ hearing devices. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

The halls at Sudie L. Williams Elementary School echo with the familiar sounds of teachers explaining lessons and students answering queries.

However, it is only because of the school’s unique Oral Deaf Education program that dozens of students on campus are able to hear those questions at all.

Williams has long served students with auditory impairments in kindergarten through fifth grade. It is the only school in Dallas ISD that utilizes additional teachers and special technology to improve students’ access to grade-specific curriculum and instruction.


Still Young Enough to Dance

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Working to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, Katarina Jakimier leads ballet classes for seniors. (Courtesy photo Mary Jakimier)

Working to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, Katarina Jakimier leads ballet classes for seniors. (Courtesy photo Mary Jakimier)

Joan Bovard, 89, and Alice Jetter, 85, have taken up ballet. Jetter’s lunch mates at Presbyterian Village North (PVN) have even started calling her “Silver Swan.”

“It gives me pride,” Jetter said.

Preston Hollow resident Katarina Jakimier, 15, started running ballet classes for residents of the senior living community in hopes of earning the Girl Scouts Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn. The award requires a researched proposal and a minimum of 80 hours of service.


Defending Champ Jesuit Stays Focused on the Future

Though not as experienced as last year’s team, the Rangers are playing solid lacrosse down the stretch. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Though not as experienced as last year’s team, the Rangers are playing solid lacrosse down the stretch. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Chris Surran wasn’t trying to put a damper on Jesuit’s first-ever Texas High School Lacrosse League title last spring.

However, after the Rangers finished celebrating their 9-4 upset of Highland Park in the title game in Allen, the Jesuit head coach had a clear message for his team: Forget about it.

Surran’s attention already had turned to the future, and on making sure the Rangers’ first state championship — after falling in the title game on four prior occasions — wasn’t also their last.


From Friday Night Lights to the Spotlight

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Jake Allyn says acting gives him that same rush of butterflies he got on football game days. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Jake Allyn says acting gives him that same rush of butterflies he got on football game days. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Jake Allyn’s football career took him from the fields of Jesuit to Cornell University. He never expected his next play to be on TV.

A few years and several TV appearances later, Allyn has come full circle with his role as football player BoJohn Folsom on BET’s new series The Quad.

For Allyn, growing up in Texas meant taking on the role of a football player, which left little room in his schedule for much else.While he enjoyed making home movies with his brother when time allowed, playing football was always his top priority. It wasn’t until he joined his brother on a trip to Indonesia for a film that he realized he had other passions.


Ursuline Students Fall in Love with Brazil

Katie Murray meets her host sister. (Photo: Cecilia Nipp) 0
Katie Murray meets her host sister. (Photo: Cecilia Nipp)

Ribeirao, Sao Paulo, Brazil – The tears started when second-graders performed the 1960s hit song “Girl From Ipanema” at a farewell assembly in an auditorium at Colegio Santa Ursula. They continued a day later as families gathered in the small Ribeirao airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

It had only been six days, but a lasting bond was made between two Ursuline schools 4,930 miles apart from each other.

“I wasn’t prepared to say the hardest goodbye I’ve ever had to say,” senior Danielle Cruz said. “They went out of their way to make me feel welcome and help me experience Brazil in the best way possible.”


Heightened Security Yields Mixed Results at NorthPark

NorthPark Center, prompted by 2016 incidents and a petition from shoppers, is employing more security measures, including courtesy parking lot shuttles. (Photo: Laura Buckman) 0
NorthPark Center, prompted by 2016 incidents and a petition from shoppers, is employing more security measures, including courtesy parking lot shuttles. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

Strolling around NorthPark Center, it’s obvious safety has become a top priority: security officers pacing outside stores, escorts zooming shoppers to and from their vehicles, and – perhaps most telling – lots of smiling faces.

But a greater emphasis on security hasn’t translated to fewer crimes inside the mall, and has led to mixed results directly outside of it, according to police reports.

In early 2016, following a string of parking lot robberies, including one in broad daylight, NorthPark visitors asked for more security at the upscale shopping mall located off North Central Expressway.


Hillcrest Tennis Tandem Returns to State

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Hillcrest's Zane Kohrs and Anne Gilliam will return to the state tennis tournament, this time as doubles partners. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Hillcrest’s Zane Kohrs and Anne Gilliam will return to the state tennis tournament, this time as doubles partners. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Hillcrest’s Anne Gilliam will return to the Class 5A state tennis tournament next month, but she won’t have a chance to defend her title.

Gilliam, a junior, made history by winning a girls singles crown a year ago. However, this time she’ll compete in the mixed doubles bracket with her friend, Zane Kohrs, after the tandem placed second at the Region II tournament this week.

Kohrs, a senior, also advanced to state last year, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals in boys singles. He and Gilliam have been close friends through tennis for more than a decade, and grew up a block apart.

They lost in three sets to Highland Park’s Philip Quinn and Madison McBride in the championship match at the regional tournament on April 19. The state tournament will be May 18-19 in College Station.