Dallas City Council Candidates Quarrel Over Campaign Signs

Curt Lewis
April 10, 2019 - 11:18 pm

Screen Grab From Gbalazeh Campaign Video

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Two Dallas City Council candidates are under police investigation due to mutual allegations of political dirty tricks.

Yesterday, police were called to a disturbance in East Dallas near North Buckner and John West Road.

When officers arrived, no one was there.

But later, two people, Dallas City Councilman Kevin Felder and his challenger, Yvette Gbalazeh, both reported a complaint about the other.

Based on video posted by Gbalazeh on social media, it looks like the two are in a dispute over campaign signs.

Gbalaezeh claims Felder placed signs along the street in areas she deems public property.

So, her video shows her personally pulling up campaign signs belonging to Felder and other candidates, claiming she is creating an "even playing field."  

She also posts a YouTube video of a phone conversation with a man identified as a Dallas code compliance officer named Brandon Johnson who advises her that he also pulls up campaign signs and places them in a dumpster. 

Two of Gbalazeh's campaign videos can be viewed here: (video contains profanity)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmslXCAcwg4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DXnC6RjjrQ

Dallas Police provide the following information about their investigation:

"We have received several media request for information regarding the incident described below: On April 10, 2019, at approximately 11:54 a.m., at the intersection of John West Road and N. Buckner Boulevard Dallas police officers responded to a disturbance call.  When officers arrived neither party was on scene, at the call location.  Both parties later reported offenses to police.  The Dallas Police Department is aware of a video that shows an encounter between City Council Member Keven Felder and City Council Candidate Yvette Gbalazeh that is related to the above disturbance call.  The Dallas Police Department will thoroughly investigate the reported incident. The Dallas Police Department will provide updates when available."