On Sunday, May 17, the two leading candidates for Dallas City Council District 3, Casey Thomas and Joe Tave, faced off on WFAA Channel 8’s Inside Politics show to discuss what makes each candidate different for the upcoming runoff. The runoff is necessary because no candidate for the seat reached 50% of the vote.
Briefly, Joe Tave is against the Trinity Toll Road project and questions aspects of Dallas Mayor Rawlings’ GrowSouth strategy. Casey Thomas supports improving the quality of living in southwest Dallas which includes bringing more grocery stores. Each candidate questioned each other about the other’s qualifications and integrity.
District 3: Vonciel Jones Hill’s District 3 fiefdom is one of the bellwethers that will show how the anti-toll road progressive crowd is doing tomorrow. Casey Thomas has been endorsed by Hill, but hasn’t been particularly visible and hasn’t raised as much money as one might have expected. Obviously, considering the Hill endorsement, Thomas supports the toll road.
Joe Tave, a high school teacher, has been endorsed by Griggs, Medrano and Kingston and would help solidify opposition to Rawlings on the council. He’s against the toll road and has expressed questions about Grow South, the mayor’s ongoing plan to revitalize southern Dallas.
According to DallasCityHall.com, the runoff election is tentatively set for June 13, 2015.
One final note, Dallas District 4 candidate Carolyn King Arnold won her race, which covers southern Dallas.