Holders DISD and Dallas College trail in tight races, unofficial results show

The school board’s incumbent challengers from DISD and Dallas College were losing re-election bids by just a few dozen votes, according to unofficial statements.

Any recounts and pending mail-in ballots, which had to be postmarked by 7 p.m. Saturday to be counted, could still influence the final results.

Dallas ISD administrator Karla Garcia, 25, was 31 votes behind Camile White in their second game for the District 4 seat, which represents parts of southeast Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Balch Springs and Seagoville. Less than 1,000 votes had been reported. State law allows a petition to recount the votes if the total number of votes received by all candidates is less than 1,000.

Garcia — senior partner for College Access and Success at Commit, a Dallas-based nonprofit — has served on the board since winning in 2019. (Commit founder Todd Williams’ family foundation supports The Dallas Morning News Education Lab.) White, 56, is a former educator and current realtor.

Maxie Johnson of Oak Cliff and Ben Mackey of North Oak Cliff, the current chair of the DISD board, ran unopposed.

In the coming months, administrators will not only be tackling the fight against learning loss due to COVID-19 and preparing students for college and careers, but will also have to find a new chief executive. institution to replace long-time superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

Meanwhile, in Dallas College’s District 1 headquarters – which encompasses North Dallas and Lake Highlands – incumbent Gretchen Minyard Williams, 65, a real estate agent who served as co-president of Minyard Food Stores, has fallen behind her competitors . She took over the seat after the death of her husband, JL “Sonny” Williams — president of Minyard Food Stores and minority owner of the Dallas Mavericks — who was a longtime Dallas College trustee.

Leading the three-way race was Catalina E. Garcia, 84, a retired doctor, but it’s unclear who she will face in a second round.

Lynn Davenport, 50, a former professional recruiter, was 33 votes ahead of Williams. State law allows a recount if the difference between the votes of those vying for a second-round spot is less than 10% of the number of votes the person is entitled to a spot on the second-round ballot, which which is the case.

Phill Ritter, the holder of the District 2 seat – which represents Oak Lawn, Highland Park as well as Irving and Coppell – was leading against challenger Eugene Robinson.

And in Dallas College District 3, Paul Mayer, 72, CEO of the Garland Chamber of Commerce, was ahead against Soji John, 51, who advises Western Digital Corporation. Both are in the running to replace incumbent Dorothy Zimmermann, who did not seek re-election.

Board Chair Monica Lira Bravo ran unopposed for District 4, which includes southeast Dallas, extending her term.

Newly elected college administrators will be challenged to help the system rebound from COVID-19 disruptions that include significant enrollment declines and navigate system consolidation.

Writer Talia Richman contributed to this report.

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