Dallas City Council Election Heads To Runoff

Steven Pickering
November 07, 2018 - 6:22 am
Dallas City Hall

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - There will be a runoff election next month for the vacant seat on the Dallas City Council.

13 candidates were on the ballot for Place 4, but none of them received a majority of the vote.

The top two candidates are Carolyn King Arnold and Keyaira D. Saunders.

Arnold was the Council Member for District 4 from 2015 to 2017. Council Member Dwaine Caraway left office due to term limits and endorsed Arnold, but later criticized her on several issues. He ran against her and won the seat back in 2017.

Caraway resigned from the Council earlier this year after pleading "guilty" to federal corruption charges. He admitted to taking bribes and kickbacks from a company that sold school bus cameras to Dallas County Schools.

Arnold lists her top priorities as public safety, code compliance and job creation. She is a retired teacher from the Dallas ISD. She received 25 percent of the vote.

The second-place candidate was Keyaira D. Saunders. She received 17 percent of the vote.

Saunders had previously run for the position in 2015, when she described herself as an anti-police brutality activist. She is one of the founding board members of the Next Generation Action Network.

The runoff election is set for December 11th. District 4 covers territory in south Dallas roughly between I-45 on the east and I-35-E on the west, with part of the district south of Illinois Avenue extending west of I-35 to Hampton Road.