Local Hopefuls Vie In Best Southwest Special Elections

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DeSoto voters brave the cold, rainy weather to voter at Disciple Central Community Church. After 7 p.m. Monday, 55,384 ballots had been cast in Dallas County, according to the county elections department. That surpasses the 29,217 from the first day of early voting for the last midterm election in 2014.

BEST SOUTHWEST — While a Glenn Heights mayoral election is still in question due to the recent removal of the mayor, there are two special council seat races that are on the ballot.

There are five candidates vying for the open Glenn Heights Place 1 seat. One is four-year resident and incumbent Travis John Bruton, an accountant. Bruton will try to keep his seat against challengers Sonja Al-Nur Brown, an educator who has lived in the city nine years; Graham Sean Weatherspoon II, a four-year resident and actor; Christine Xochihua, a USPS Clerk who has lived in the city 13 years; and Stacey Renee Norris a one-year resident and Property Manager.

In the Place 3 race, incumbent Emma Ipaye, a 19-year resident and teacher, faces challenger, Jeremy Woods, a 10-year resident and Senior Disclosure Specialist.

Place 5 incumbent Harry Garrett, is an 11-year resident and pastor. He will try to keep his seat against two challengers. They are eight-year resident and educator, Shaunte L. Allen and one year-resident Isaac Jamal Burren, who gives “the profession of development” on the candidate application.

DeSoto Place 2 Special Election

In August, the DeSoto City Council held a Special Meeting to consider the resignation of Place 2 Councilmember Virgil Helm, who resigned on August 13, 2018.

This resignation created a vacancy on the DeSoto City Council. Per the Texas Constitution and the City Charter, the City is required to fill the vacancy by the majority vote of qualified voters at a Special Election.

The timeframes are short for the upcoming election. It will be held on November 6, 2018. It was determined to be in the best interest of the City to save the City taxpayers a significant amount of money by combining both elections.

There are two candidates running for this seat according to the City Secretary; Kay Brown-Patrick and Patricia Ledbetter. Brown is a three-year resident and Economic Development Specialist while Ledbetter has lived in DeSoto 26 years and is an office manager.