The Dallas Morning News

Foster challenges Thomas in southwest Dallas

Both candidates prioritize public safety, code enforcemen­t

- By NATALY KEOMOUNGKH­OUN Staff Writer nataly.keomoungkh­

City Council member Casey Thomas is seeking a fourth consecutiv­e term in southwest Dallas’ District 3 in May, and he faces a challenge from Irby Foster, a first-time council candidate.

Thomas and Foster have each lived in District 3 about 20 years. Thomas was elected in 2015 and reelected in 2017 and 2019. He is also Dallas’ immediate past mayor pro tem.

During the first quarter of the year, Thomas reported nearly $16,000 raised for his campaign. Foster, a small-business owner, raised $225, according to campaign finance reports. Thomas later said he had raised $20,000 while Foster said he had raised $1,000.

District 3 covers nearly 51 square miles from the west side of Mountain Creek Lake to just east of Glendale Park in southeast Oak Cliff. The district stretches from Interstate 30 on the north down across Interstate 20 to Cedar Ridge Preserve on the south. It is home to roughly 80,000 people, most of

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