I just returned from the Dallas Northeast Chamber of Commerce mayor forum, and all-in-all it was a pretty cordial group. All of the candidates attended, and for the most part, they answered the three questions that were asked and tried to articulate a vision for the city. I didn’t hear any earth-shaking information, but there are a number of forums scheduled between now and the election, and if you have a chance to attend one and are planning to vote, it’s worth your time. The most telling comments to me, as someone interested in the Trinity Corridor project, had to do with Angela Hunt’s TrinityVote effort. Other than Ed Oakley, who appeared to dismiss Hunt’s efforts out of hand, the rest of the candidates seemed to think that although a referendum on the toll road isn’t necessary, if one came to pass, it would OK and a valued part of the democratic process (a synthesis of their words, not mine). Gary Griffith was the lone candidate to address Hunt’s dismissal by Mayor Miller from the Dallas Convention Center & Visitors Bureau board. Griffith said he thought the dismissal was totally uncalled for and wouldn’t have happened if he was mayor. The only other comment of newsworthiness: All of the candidates are against crime!

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