The Dallas Morning News

Resendez for Dallas City Council District 5

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We recommend incumbent Jaime Resendez for a second term representi­ng District 5 on the Dallas City Council.

Resendez, who was elected to the open seat in 2019, faces challenger­s Ruth Torres and Yolanda Williams, both of whom sought the seat two years ago, and Terry Perkins.

Resendez, an attorney and former Dallas school board member, shows leadership skills but at times can be perplexing. In the Voter Guide, Resendez wrote that residents want faster police responses, a crackdown on speeding and racing drivers, and an end to random gunfire and drug activity. However, he surprised us when he suggested that the public perception of gang violence in the district is exaggerate­d.

That said, Resendez is making a difference. During his time as a Dallas ISD trustee, Resendez pushed for and got Dallas ISD to open a campus for talented and gifted students in Pleasant Grove. As a council member, Resendez, 38, was involved in efforts to help move families out of poverty through “wraparound” services, the purchase of a vacant grocery store at Bruton Road and Buckner Boulevard for a town center developmen­t, and a proposal to acquire land for a signature park in the district.

A human resources consultant, Torres, 48, is a high-energy candidate who clearly has done her homework since she last ran. We were impressed by her emphasis on creating affordable housing in the district and her initiative to address street racing by signing up to testify to the Texas Legislatur­e to include the dangers of street racing in driver education and safety courses and to explore efforts to seize street racing vehicles. However, she lacks a record of civic involvemen­t and that makes us question whether she would be effective on the City Council.

A paralegal and substitute teacher, Williams, 52, served on the Park and Recreation Board, and helped bring the Crawford Aquatics Center to Pleasant Grove. She also is on the Baylor Scott & White Community Advisory Board and is president of the Pemberton-trinity Forest Neighborho­od Associatio­n. During our interview, she emphasized that residents need informatio­n and easier access to Texas Workforce Commission programs as a way to promote jobs and economic developmen­t. While important, that is not the crux of the district’s inability to attract businesses, jobs and raise the quality of life for many residents.

Terry Perkins, a pastor, has served on the park board, Board of Adjustment and Cultural Affairs Commission. Perkins, 45, seems to have the heart of a servant leader but struggled during our interview to provide a clear agenda or specific solutions.

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