This article appeared in a June 2016 issue of the student newsletter.
The DCCCD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are entrusted with governing the district – approving budgets and setting policies, among other things. Each trustee is elected to serve a six-year term without compensation.
Elections for Districts 3 and 4 (a runoff election) will be held on June 18, with early voting June 6-14. See details below.
Typically a candidate must win more than 50 percent of the vote to be elected. Since none of the candidates in District 3 or District 4 received more than 50 percent of the vote during the May 7 election, there will be a runoff election between the top two candidates in each district.
In District 3, which encompasses northeast Dallas County, two candidates remain: Dorothy Zimmermann and Tommy Reed.
In District 4, east and southeast Dallas County, two candidates remain: Monica Lira Bravo and Martha Jo Talbot.
Early voting for the Joint Runoff Election will be held June 6-14, with Election Day on June 18. Polling locations, dates and times are available on the
Dallas County Elections Department website. The last day to register to vote for the Joint Runoff Election was May 19, 2016.
While DCCCD will not give you direction about which candidate to vote for, DCCCD can point you to educational resources.
Here are three simple ways you can get informed:
Look Up Your District Number: If you're not sure which district you are qualified to vote in,
find out online. If you live in District 3 or 4, early voting for the Joint Runoff Election begins June 6, 2016.
Watch a Debate: Several of the colleges hosted Trustee Candidate Forums in March and April. You can
view past candidate forums on dcccd.edu. While all candidates were invited to participate, some chose not to.
Do an Online Search: From candidate questionnaires to local news editorials and social media pages, there is a wealth of online information available to help you learn more about the candidates.
In conclusion, whatever your voting district or your candidate preference, get informed and get to the polls! Your voice matters.