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The Dallas Examiner | 6/30/2014, 11:45 a.m.
The Joint Runoff Election for Dallas County was June 21. Among those elections were: Duncanville for mayor and District 4 ...
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The Dallas Examiner

The Joint Runoff Election for Dallas County was June 21. Among those elections were: Duncanville for mayor and District 4 Councilmember, Farmers Branch for mayor and District 2 Councilmember, Seagoville Place 5 Council member, and Dallas ISD District 6 member of the Board of Trustees.

Many have said that money wins elections. This is not always true. As the votes were tallied for Dallas, this election demonstrated candidates could win an elected office with little funding.

Joyce Foreman, with significantly less money for her campaign, won the runoff election for Dallas ISD trustee District 6. Her opponent, Bertha Whatley, had approximately three times the money donated to her campaign.

According to Dallas County Election department, Foreman received 1,588 (65.19 percent of the vote) and Whatley only received 848 votes (35.81 percent of the vote). She will be sworn in today at 5:30 p.m. at the Dallas Independent School District Administration Building, located at 3700 Ross Ave.

It is significant to note that Foreman, with very little funding, ran a grassroots campaign and the community responded. She walked the streets, went to community gatherings, talked to people individually and in groups, etc.

The longtime activist, a graduate of Paul Quinn College, used her reputation to help propel her campaign, while Whatley posted large campaign signs, flashy mailers and eblasts – complete with attention-getting slogans and her own personal logo.

Still, with a mission in mind, voters showed up at the polls to support the candidate that they felt would best represent their goals. Slightly more people voted in the runoff election on June 21 than in the Joint Election on May 10. We hope this trend will continue.

On July 7 The Dallas Examiner will present the third Community Conversation at the African American Museum at Fair Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Conversation will be a workshop on How to get the Black Vote Out.

This will be the first of many events by The Dallas Examiner to increase voter turnout in Dallas County. Anyone interested in participating in getting more people to vote are encouraged to attend the Conversation on July 7.

An important General Election will be held Nov. 4. Among the intensely contested races in this election, we will elect a governor, lieutenant governor, Dallas County district attorney and Dallas County judge.

It is important that our voice be heard. We encourage you to find out as much information about the candidates as you can. Don’t depend on others to inform you – read as much as you can for yourself. The Dallas Examiner will publish articles about the candidates – Democrat and Republican – and we will begin Monday Night Politics-Meet the Candidates in August.

The Dallas Examiner Monday Night Politics is sponsored by community organizations that also believe in the importance of educating the community in regard to upcoming elections and the candidates running for election. Our supporters include:

• African American Museum

• Urban League of Greater Dallas

• Greater Dallas Urban League Young Professionals

• Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

• Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

• Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

• Theta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

• Dallas NAACP

• Dallas Association of Realtists

• KHVN

• Pan-Hellenic Council

• Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.

• Omicron Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

• 411 Reality Radio

The Dallas Examiner believes in an informed voter and we do everything we can to ensure that our community is informed. Read the newspaper and the website for dates of voting activities.

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