Missed opportunity

MOLLIE F. BELT | 5/26/2019, 8:05 p.m.
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Mollie Finch Belt, publisher of The Dallas Examiner

We must vote to ensure that we do not lose the gains we have achieved.

On May 4, we had municipal elections in Dallas. We had an opportunity to elect a mayor and 14 council members. There are 1,363,892 registered voters in Dallas County. It is embarrassing to say that only 134,820 people went to the polls to cast their ballots. In other words, less than 10% of the registered voters voted.

This is not acceptable.

On June 8, we will have a runoff election and will have another opportunity to vote for the mayor of Dallas and Dallas City Council members for Districts 4, 7, 9 and 14. Additionally, Dallas ISD District 4 has two candidates in a runoff.

Read the election results article, Dallas County Election Results, printed in the May 9 issue of The Dallas Examiner, at http://www.dallasexaminer.com.

We have not always been able to elect people to office who will represent our interests, and it is not guaranteed that we will always be able to do so.

If we want improved communication with city departments …

If we want equal opportunity to do business with the city …

If we want improved safety in our cities and neighborhoods …

If we want the potholes in the streets fixed …

If we don’t want Dallas to look like two cities with economic development in one section of the city and not in the other … we must make our voices heard.

City elections will allow us to voice our interests and priorities to make our city better. This is an opportunity to improve communication with the city.

Don’t miss this opportunity. Vote!