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Dallas voters head back to the polls to decide who will represent Council District 3

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Voters will choose between two candidates — Zarin Gracey and Joe Tave — during the June 10 runoff election.

Two candidates are still vying to represent District 3 in Dallas. That’s after no candidate running for the seat secured enough votes during the May general election.

Voters will be able to choose between Zarin Gracey, a pastor and former city commissioner, and Joe Tave, a retired educator who previously ran for the seat in 2015 and again in 2021.

Gracey secured 46% of the votes in District 3 during May's election. Tave got around 25% of the votes. Since no candidate — including John Sims, August Doyle and Denise Benavides — secured more than 50% of the votes on election night, a runoff is being held on June 10.

The two candidates are running for the seat that will be left vacant by Council Member Casey Thomas. Thomas appointed Gracey to the zoning committee and has formally endorsed him in this current election.

District 3 is comprised of a large portion of southwest Dallas. Both candidates have run their campaigns on their community leadership, bolstering economic development in the district and better budgeting.

Tave, who has run for city council many times in his tenure in Dallas, also has put an emphasis on communication and transparency as well.

“Listening to the citizens should be a priority for all city council members,” Tave’s campaign website says. “My door will always be open to you at City Hall.”

Gracey has leveraged his campaign on his track record inside city hall. According to his campaign website he “has developed expertise in a range of areas, including budgeting and accounting.” Gracey also holds certificates and degrees from several colleges — including a certificate in state and local government from Harvard.

Gracey and Tave have made an emphasis on public safety. According to Gracey’s campaign website, the candidate “will promote increased funding for law enforcement and first responders.”

Tave says he “will work with local law enforcement to ensure that families in southern Dallas” are safe in their homes, at work and at school.

The two candidates also have a focus on financial security and economic development. The Dallas City Council have already entered budget discussions and the bond process — two issues new council members will have to deal with soon after being sworn in.

Another issue will be the fate of short-term rentals in Dallas. The current council is scheduled to vote on a finalized plan on how to deal with the controversial properties. But it will be up to the council moving forward, to implement the ordinance — and enforce regulations.

Voters will be able to make their decision on Saturday June 10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Nathan Collins is the Dallas Accountability Reporter for KERA. Collins joined the station after receiving his master’s degree in Investigative Journalism from Arizona State University. Prior to becoming a journalist, he was a professional musician.