Coalition for a New Dallas is heartened to see that many candidates for Dallas City Council believe in restoring and reconnecting neighborhoods — in putting the needs of Dallas first.

Because of this, CND is making recommendations in four of six Council races with no incumbent. We also want to voice our support for a candidate in District 5 who clearly shares CND’s vision for a new Dallas.


District 4: We recommend Carolyn King Arnold. Carolyn is a longtime educator who has lived in the District 4 neighborhood for 35 years. She has worked tirelessly to improve the district. She has been active in the Glen Oaks Homeowners Association, has led the Oak Cliff Leadership Council, and served on the Crime Watch Executive Board. She will fight to build her neighborhood, improve property values, and bring jobs back to Dallas. She believes in spending tax money where it counts: in rebuilding her district—not on big-dollar projects that don’t produce economic benefit for the people.


District 5: We recommend Sherry Cordova. Sherry is a retired professor of early childhood education who has lived in the district for 34 years. She has worked for decades on neighborhood issues such as the renovation of Gateway Park and traffic safety concerns at DISD schools. She worked with citizens, subject matter experts, city planners, and the City Council to establish the first tree ordinance in Dallas. Sherry has also served as Vice President of the City’s Environmental Health Advisory Commission. Sherry will be an advocate for restoring neighborhoods and rebuilding Dallas’ urban core.


District 7: We recommend Baranda Fermin. Baranda has helped develop southern Dallas since she joined the faculty at UNT-Dallas in 2012. She is an educator with 15 years’ experience in bringing together resources and people to restore the economic, educational, and cultural landscape of urban communities. Baranda is involved in many efforts to improve District 7. She is currently the president of the South Blvd.-Park Row Historic Neighborhood Association. She works and volunteers with South Dallas WINS education work group, Our Friends Place, Dallas Summer Musicals, and the Junior League Dallas. Her goal is to make the district integral to the business of the city of Dallas, whether we’re re-imagining roads, business development, or education. She’ll fight to build the recreation center off Ferguson Road and restore Fair Park as the cultural center of the city, while prioritizing the development of sustainable — not seasonable — jobs for the surrounding neighborhoods.


District 9: We recommend Mark Clayton. Mark has lived in his District 9 neighborhood for 12 years. He is a small businessman who has worked hard to better his neighborhoods. He and his wife partnered with the North Texas Food Bank, as well as a local grocer and church, to establish a food pantry at their local elementary school. He is a member of the Casa Linda Neighborhood Association and volunteers with East Dallas Development Center. Mark will fight to keep White Rock Lake beautiful, improve property values, repair local streets, and bring jobs back to Dallas.


District 10: We recommend James White. James has lived in his neighborhood for 17 years and has shown a passion for improving his district. He has been active in the Woodbridge Homeowners Association for a decade. He is working to extend the Cottonwood Trail. His leadership led to the inaugural Woodbridge Art Festival with Richland College last year. James will fight to strengthen neighborhoods by repairing streets, improving public safety, and increasing the connectivity of the district with more trails and transportation options.