East Dallas neighbor Sarah Lamb has announced her candidacy for the District 9 seat on the Dallas City Council.

Lamb, a community activist, wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday that she would join the race to run for the seat vacated by Councilman Mark Clayton. Clayton said in January he will not seek re-election so he can spend more time with his family.

Lamb is a co-founder of the grassroots campaign Lakewood Citizens for Responsible Traffic. The group recently lobbied against a reverse T design at the intersection of East Grand Avenue, Gaston Avenue and Garland Road. The group lobbied for a more traditional T intersection, which they argued would maintain current traffic flow toward Gaston Avenue from Garland Road instead of increase it.

In early January, the Texas Department of Transportation announced it would move forward with the reverse T design despite some outcry against the plan.

If elected, Lamb plans to focus on public safety, improving road infrastructure, expanding Interstate 30 and Highway 78 and preserving White Rock Lake, according to her campaign website.

Lamb said those issues have the greatest impact on the quality of life in East Dallas, but she would like to hear from voters about what needs to be improved.

“Ordinary people have been shut out of the decision-making process in the city departments for too long,” Lamb said in a news release. “I want to change that.”

Lamb will face the former chief of staff for Mayor Mike Rawlings, Paula Blackmon, and former Dallas Park and Recreation Board member Paul Sims in the May 4 election.

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