We Rec­om­mend

Klein­man for Dal­las City Coun­cil Dis­trict 11

The Dallas Morning News - - FROM THE FRONT PAGE -

Vot­ers in the Dis­trict 11 Dal­las City Coun­cil race have a choice be­tween ex­pe­ri­ence and proven judg­ment, on the one hand, and un­tested en­thu­si­asm on the other. We rec­om­mend they opt for the former, and vote for the in­cum­bent, Lee Klein­man.

We have not al­ways agreed with Klein­man, 57, a re­tired in­vestor seek­ing his third term. But even when we dis­agree, we re­spect his thought­ful­ness and con­sis­tency.

For in­stance, Klein­man be­lieves Dal­las should take a “pay as you go” ap­proach to most im­prove­ments. We dis­agree, be­liev­ing that re­spon­si­ble use of bond fi­nanc­ing will speed up badly needed work on the city’s roads and other in­fra­struc­ture.

But Dal­las ben­e­fits from hav­ing this strong fis­cal con­ser­va­tive on the coun­cil. His steady voice against higher taxes pro­vides a mean­ing­ful coun­ter­bal­ance that is good for tax­pay­ers.

Klein­man also has long ar­gued that all of Dal­las, in­clud­ing the North Dal­las dis­trict he serves, ben­e­fits from stepped-up in­vest­ments in south­ern Dal­las. Last year, he sup­ported in prin­ci­ple Mayor Mike Rawl­ings’ plan to greatly in­crease the city’s com­mit­ment to Fair Park and to turn over the man­age­ment of that fa­cil­ity to a non­profit foun­da­tion.

In 2014, he voted to cre­ate a tax-in­cre­ment fi­nanc­ing dis­trict for the mas­sive new Dal­las Mid­town project at LBJ Free­way and Pre­ston Road that would send 10 per­cent of the $400 mil­lion in ex- pected tax rev­enues to re­de­vel­op­ment ef­forts at the strug­gling South­west Cen­ter Mall in south­ern Dal­las.

While we dis­agreed with the vote at the time, we heartily ap­plaud Klein­man’s will­ing­ness as a North Dal­las coun­cil mem­ber to sup­port re­de­vel­op­ment of south­ern Dal­las, for the good of the en­tire city.

His op­po­nent, Candy Evans, 62, has gained a fol­low­ing for her real es­tate blog, CandysDirt.com, and she brings com­mend­able pas­sion to her cam­paign. But on too many is­sues — from her lop­sided view of the ail­ing po­lice and fire­fight­ers’ pen­sion, to her sup­port for redi­rect­ing some of the sales taxes Dal­las shop­pers pay for DART, to her pref­er­ence for leav­ing the Trin­ity River as an unim­proved “wild space” rather than as the cen­ter of a grand new park — we think hers would be a dis­ap­point­ing vote.

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