Monday Night Politics forum featured candidates for Dallas City Council District 8
DIANE XAVIER | 4/6/2015, 9:26 a.m.
The Dallas Examiner
It was another round of Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates on March 23 as candidates for Dallas City Council District 8 took the stage at the African American Museum to discuss their qualifications.
Candidates include: Dianne Gibson, City Court manager; Subrina Brenham, tax preparer; Clara McDade, community activist; Gail Terrell, past Park Board vice president; Eric Williams, filmmaker; and Erik Wilson, teacher.
Each candidate introduced themselves and their background.
“The good thing about being Dianne Gibson is that I don’t have to introduce myself to you all,” she said. “Because I have been a part of this community, I have worked with the current council member for seven-and-a-half years helping him. So that means I don’t have to do-on-the job training. I already know the dynamics of City Hall. I already know how to budget. I already have a rapport with the Dallas police department. Every time there is a crisis in this city, the person people call is Dianne Gibson. I have a proven track record and came here with a mind to work and make a difference. I’m running because it is the right time and right thing to do.”
McDade then took the floor.
“I have been truly busy within the community for the past 15 years,” she said. “I lived in Dallas since 1963 and have been there for the people all of that time. In 2005, I ran for Dallas City Council. In the past 10 years, I have been the NAACP executive board secretary and a community environmental activist. I have also worked on stopping 18-wheelers from surrounding our community for 18 years. Also, there are no sexual-oriented businesses in our community because I stopped that type of business being a business in our community. I also serve on the PTA for four schools in Dallas ISD. I am also a volunteer with the AmeriCorps Vista Center.”
Afterwards, Brenham spoke about her qualifications.
“As a lifelong resident of District 8, who knows the concerns of voters, as a successful business owner, I have the experience to meet the challenges of the mayor’s GrowSouth and bring new and needed businesses to District 8,” she said. “Although I graduated from an all-Black high school and college, as a former teacher, I have had the chance to work with diversity of students and parents whose voices are marginalized and limited and from this experience I have gained the experience to speak and act for this community so that our voices will be heard. I would have a listening ear and an instruction open policy for our voters and long before the Grow South initiative, I stepped up to the plate to bring the community redevelopment to the neighborhood I grew up in.”
Next, Williams thanked Belt for hosting the forum.
“I believe I am the best candidate for District 8 because of my political background and knowledge of world affairs,” he said. “I am an effective communicator and businessman. I have experience covering international, national and local issues. As a journalist and filmmaker, whose has traveled to all seven continents, including in and around Oak Cliff, I bring economic value through creativity. I have been an independent business owner since 1996. I have worked with civil rights organizations throughout the years fighting for the downtrodden. I have brought light to dark places from the war in Bosnia to AIDS in Africa to the pollution in Haiti, to the tsunami in Asia, and the racism and discrimination in America. I have worked on the staff of some of America’s largest newspapers and freelanced for FOX, CNN, NBC and BET. I am determined, dedicated and independent. I am also not bought by any special interest groups, nor do I have a desire to be bought.”