City Council District 9 election, May 2021

Election basics

Dallas City Council members serve two-year terms, and our municipal elections are nonpartisan, so political parties are not on the ballot.

People must have registered to vote by April 1 to be eligible to cast a ballot in the May 1 election.

Early voting is from April 19-April 27, and you can vote at any Dallas County voting location during early voting.

Remember that a valid ID is required to vote.

On election day, Saturday, May 1, vote at your own polling place.

The Advocate does not endorse candidates, but we encourage our readers to get to know everyone running for City Council District 9. Their answers to our questionnaire are below.

Essential questions

Quick hits

Recent posts

Traffic signal up at Garland Road and Emerald Isle

January 31st, 2022|0 Comments

Traffic light at Garland Road and Emerald Isle. Photo by John Botefuhr. The City of Dallas recently installed a traffic signal at the intersection of Garland Road and Emerald Isle. As of publication, [...]

22 moments to remember from 2021

December 27th, 2021|0 Comments

Another weird year done. That freak snow storm, real estate drama, furious street racing — it’s crazy to think all that and a whole lot more happened in the same year. Here [...]

Whataburger to start from scratch

November 12th, 2021|0 Comments

Due to a notification error in prior proceedings, the City Council remanded the Whataburger case for Arboretum Village Shopping Center back to the Plan Commission, sending it back to the starting line. The proposed location [...]

Meet our 2021 fierce females

June 25th, 2021|0 Comments

Every so often, we walk away from a conversation thinking: Wow! She’s beating the odds. She’s changing lives. She’s taking risks. How does she do it? Tara Rasheta [...]

Garland Road Vision Committee endorses The Trailhead

April 21st, 2021|0 Comments

The Garland Road Vision Committee (GRV) has released a letter to the City Plan Commission in support of The Trailhead, the proposed mixed use project at the Gaston-Garland-Grand (3G) intersection. Developer Mill Creek Residential  has [...]

Campaign cash: What the District 9 City Council campaign finance reports say about the candidates

April 14th, 2021|0 Comments

*ANALYSIS* Candidates for Dallas City Council are required to file campaign finance reports 30 days before the May 1 election. City Council races are (thankfully) nonpartisan. All political parties want potholes fixed and the garbage [...]

WATCH: Friends of the Bath House celebrate completion of $1.5 million renovation

April 6th, 2021|0 Comments

Friends of the Bath House Cultural Center celebrated the completion of $1.5 million renovations to the historic building on White Rock Lake with a ribbon cutting Monday. The Bath House closed for renovations in February [...]

Have questions about The Trailhead development? Come to this City Plan Commission meeting

March 18th, 2021|0 Comments

City Plan commissioners from Districts 2, 9 and 14 are organizing a virtual public meeting to discuss rezoning The Lot and Local Traveler sites to make way for The Trailhead development near the Garland-Gaston-Grand intersection. [...]

City takes action against OT Tavern

March 10th, 2021|0 Comments

The Dallas City Council, represented by the City Attorney's Office, has asked the Board of Adjustment to initiate a compliance date for the beleaguered bar OT Tavern on Greenville Avenue, according to an  application filed [...]

Replanting begins at Old Fish Hatchery

March 10th, 2021|0 Comments

Replanting efforts will begin this week on an approximately 5-acre swath at the Old Fish Hatchery, which was clear-cut last fall. Oncor has partnered with the Texas Discovery Gardens to replant the area beneath its [...]

RIGHT Care program expands to East Dallas to respond to mental health emergencies

March 1st, 2021|0 Comments

A program intended to provide rapid responses to mental health emergencies is expanding to our neighborhood. Beginning March 1, a team of RIGHT Care responders will serve the Dallas Police Department's Northeast Division, which includes [...]

RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER: Learn about The Lot, Local Traveler rezoning proposal from the developer

February 18th, 2021|0 Comments

Mill Creek Residential, the developer proposing the mixed-use project The Trailhead on The Lot and Local Traveler sites, has rescheduled  virtual open houses to Feb. 27, March 1  and March 4 to share details about [...]

Casa View resident John Botefuhr to challenge incumbent Paula Blackmon for District 9 Council seat

February 8th, 2021|0 Comments

Casa View resident John Botefuhr has filed with the City Secretary’s Office to take on incumbent Paula Blackmon to represent District 9 on the Dallas City Council. Former District 9 Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem [...]

UPDATED: Garden Cafe plans opening after City Council approves permit to sell beer, wine

January 27th, 2021|0 Comments

Garden Café The City Council approved an 18-month special-use permit for longtime neighborhood establishment Garden Cafe to sell beer and wine. The restaurant plans to reopen in late March or early April after [...]

The top 10 Advocate stories of 2020

December 31st, 2020|0 Comments

2020 was another eventful year in East Dallas — and not just because of the coronavirus. It wasn't a particularly rosy year for the neighborhood. The coronavirus caused more than 1,500 deaths in Dallas County, [...]

Rezoning proposed for The Lot and Local Traveler sites

December 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

Mill Creek Residential, a national multifamily developer with a substantial Texas presence, has contracted to buy The Lot and Local Traveler sites for conversion to a mixed-use development branded as The Trailhead. The Lot and [...]

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Dallas City Council approves ’20-21 budget by 9-6 vote

September 24th, 2020|0 Comments

After a sometimes acrimonious 12-hour meeting, the Dallas City Council voted 9-6 late Wednesday to approve a city budget that approaches $4 billion. The split decision stands in contrast to last year’s unanimous vote of [...]

Award-winning whiskey is coming to East Dallas. Here’s where to taste it

October 15th, 2019|0 Comments

An Austin-based distillery is bringing its sustainable high-rye bourbon whiskey to Dallas for the first time this month. Still Austin Whiskey Co. will debut its bourbon in the neighborhood with tastings, educational demonstrations and unique [...]

The problem with the Airbnb next door

September 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Emil Lippe and his wife were inside their Gaston Avenue home early one morning when strangers walked in. When Lippe asked what they were doing, they simply left and walked next door to the house [...]

Meet your D9 City Council candidate: Tami Brown

April 19th, 2019|0 Comments

(Photo courtesy of Tami Brown.) Four women are vying for the District 9 Dallas City Council seat in the upcoming May 4 election. The Advocate sent candidates Erin Moore, Paula Blackmon, Tamara Brown and Sarah Lamb questionnaires to help [...]

Meet your D9 City Council candidate: Sarah Lamb

April 18th, 2019|1 Comment

(Photo courtesy of Sarah Lamb.) Four women are vying for the District 9 Dallas City Council seat in the upcoming May 4 election. The Advocate sent candidates Erin Moore, Paula Blackmon, Tamara Brown and Sarah Lamb questionnaires to help [...]

Hear what City Council District 9 candidates have to say about White Rock Lake, roads and more

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

If you couldn’t leave work early to attend White Rock Task Force’s candidate forum, we’ve got you covered. We used Facebook Live (albeit sometimes shakily) to record the two-hour event where Paula Blackmon, Sarah Lamb, Erin Moore and Tamara Brown discussed [...]

Two more join Dallas City Council race for District 9 seat

February 20th, 2019|2 Comments

Two more candidates threw their names in the hat right before Friday's filing deadline for the Dallas City Council’s District 9 seat. Tamara “Tami” Brown and Jacinto Valdespino, both of Lakewood, will run against four [...]

Sarah Lamb joins race for District 9 City Council seat

February 13th, 2019|1 Comment

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 [...]

Check out Local Traveler’s tiki bar and brunch

July 16th, 2018|0 Comments

The bar at Local Traveler (photo by Rick Rodriguez). Local Traveler is one of East Dallas' newest restaurants, and they are adding a tiki bar on the back patio on Tuesday evenings. From [...]

Food News: Make a trip to Local Traveler

June 11th, 2018|1 Comment

The approach from the trail (Photo by Rick Rodriguez). You can turn into Local Traveler from the ever-contentious Gaston-Garland-Grand intersection if you dare, but you would be missing the best part. The [...]


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