Dallas City Council called a special election for November 6 to fill the District 4 seat vacated by disgraced former Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway.

Potential candidates don’t have long to jump into the race. The deadline to file for a place on the ballot is 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 23. Candidates must also collect 25 petition signatures from registered voters in the district.

Former council member Carolyn King Arnold and 2016 congressional candidate Brandon Vance both said Wednesday they plan to run for the seat. By Friday afternoon, four candidates were listed on the City Secretary’s website: Kebran W. Alexander, Kendrick B. Mobley, Countess Vlandermir, and Asa O. Woodberry. As of August 22, the City Secretary’s website showed one candidate, Arnold, as having filed.

Caraway resigned after pleading guilty to federal public corruption charges in the money-laundering scandal that led to the downfall of bus bureaucracy Dallas County Schools. Caraway admitted taking $450,000 in bribes in exchange for using his political position to influence city council decisions.

Caraway is expected to provide information to prosecutors in the FBI’s ongoing criminal investigation. Officials close to the scandal who have not yet been indicted include former DCS board President Larry Duncan.

UPDATED August 22 with current candidate filing information.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.


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