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Information is power: Educating citizens to become informed voters

The Dallas Examiner | 5/5/2019, noon
The Dallas Examiner has a history of initiating and carrying the conversation in Dallas about voting. We believe and have ...
The Dallas-Fort Worth/Arlington area added 131,767 residents from 2017 to 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Michael Zanussi of Flickr

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The Dallas Examiner has a history of initiating and carrying the conversation in Dallas about voting. We believe and have demonstrated that voting is a right that everyone should exercise, especially African Americans, because of our history of being denied the right to vote. The Dallas Examiner, however, does not endorse candidates for elected office.

Throughout the 34 years The Dallas Examiner has been published, we have tried through our editorial content to reinforce the importance of voting and to educate our readers on the platforms of candidates so they can be informed voters.

Additionally, we had special software developed 20 years ago, called “Voter Roll Call,” installed on our website, http://www.dallasexaminer.com. Data is uploaded to the program from the Dallas County Elections Department on the voting activity of voters in Dallas County on a regular basis.

We encourage everyone to use the Voter Roll Call to see who is voting and encourage their friends, pastors, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, etc. to vote if, according to the Voter Roll Call, they are not voting.

For over 10 years, we have hosted Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates, a series of political forums for upcoming elections. It has as sponsors African American sororities and fraternities, the National Pan Hellenic Council of Dallas, The Links, NAACP Dallas Chapter, African American Museum and other nonprofit organizations.

Extensive articles have been written by our reporters about the candidates that have taken part in Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates. This information has been available in our print edition and online edition. We make a special effort to inform our community about political issues that affect them throughout the year.

A video of the Monday Night Politics mayoral forum from March 4 is available on Dallasexaminer.com.

In the upcoming election, candidates for mayor of Dallas are:

Eric Johnson grew up in West Dallas. He attended Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in history in 1998. He then received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University in 2003. He has served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 100 since 2010. During that time, he has filed and passed numerous bills that benefit Dallas.

Albert Black grew up in East Dallas. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and MBA from Southern Methodist University. He serves as CEO and chairman of On Target Supplies and Logistics, a million-dollar company he founded. He has served on several boards in the city, including Dallas Housing Authority and Baylor Hospital.

Lynn McBee is from Freeport, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in biochemistry. For 25 years, she worked as a research scientist at New England Biolabs. For the past five years, she has served as CEO of Young Women’s Prep Network, a statewide public-private partnership that creates STEM-focused schools of choice in an all-girls setting.

Miguel Solis is from Port Arthur. He earned a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University in 2012. He became the youngest person elected as a trustee for the Dallas Independent School District. He has worked as a public school teacher.

Scott Griggs grew up in Dallas. He attended both Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a degree in chemistry, and the University of Texas School of Law. He has served on the Dallas City Council, representing parts of Oak Cliff since 2011. He has served as chair of numerous committees, and been a member of others, while on the council.

Regina Montoya has spent her entire adult life in Dallas. She graduated from Wellesley College and Harvard Law School. She recently served as chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty. She has served on numerous community, civic and corporate boards designed to better serve the citizens of Dallas. Previously, she was the senior vice president at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Mike Ablon grew up in Dallas. He earned bachelor’s degrees in engineering and architecture from the University of Austin and a master’s degree from Harvard University. He is known for revitalizing Dallas’ historic Design District.

We hope that you will look at each one of the candidates for mayor and make your decision. Election day is May 4.