Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill has shown her courage and independence on the Dallas City Council by renominating me to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors. While the vote was 8 to 7 with me loosing to Rev. Jerry Christian, I think that she and Councilwoman Carolyn Davis understood the attack that I was under by Dwaine/Dwayne/Dewayne Caraway ,Tennell Adkins, Jerry Allen and Mayor Tom Leppert.
They enlisted Betty Culbreath and Rufus Shaw to attack me for wanting to be renominated and for me actively seeking 8 votes to be returned to the Board as the Chairman. They made it clear that they were supporting Lynn Flint Shaw to be the Chairman. Lynn is Rufus Shaw's wife and we have served on the DART board for 4 years together. Lynn and I worked close on many issues, but it is clear that many of the community issues ended up on my desk. I believe that this happened because I grew up in Dallas and many of the community organizers know and respect the work that I have done in this community for over 3 decades.
Dwaine /Dwayne/Dewayne Caraway, Tennell Adkins, Jerry Allen and Mayor Tom Leppert have been on the council since June and made the decision that I should not return to the DART board because they supported Lynn Shaw. Not one time did they say that I was not doing what the City of Dallas had asked, but they said my style was wrong. How could they know? Being in office for two months will not give you a frame of reference.
Thank you to Pauline Medrano, Steve Salazar, Vonciel Jones Hill, Angela Hunt, Carolyn Davis,Linda Koop and Mitchell Rasansky.