The Dallas Green Alliance contributes several thousand dollars to environmentally friendly candidates via grassroots fundraising. Pictured DGAco-chair Brandon Pollard kneeling with board members Anna Albers, Vijay Barnabas, Corey Troiani, Clarice Criss, co-chair Erica Cole and Becky Rader.
April 21, 2017
The Dallas Green Alliance political action committee endorsed a roster of green-leaning Dallas City Council candidates earlier this month for the May 6 election. Early voting begins Monday, April 24.
“Now more than ever, concerned Dallas residents like us must take local action to defend our neighborhoods, our communities and our city," said Alliance co-chair Brandon Pollard. "We’ve come together to support the campaigns of candidates who stand for a sustainable Dallas that works for everybody, not just pro-business interests. We’re excited to make these endorsements and are eager to hear new voices from City Hall.”
The Dallas Green Alliance PAC was founded in 2014 with a primary mission of stopping the Trinity Toll Road project — an hotly debated issue that has consumed millions of dollars and countless hours for more than twenty years. While the PAC focused much of their energy on the Toll Road when interviewing 2015 city council candidates, they have diversified their “green issues” list this year.
Plans for the six-lane nine-mile Trinity Toll Road call for it to be built in the floodplain of the Trinity River, which many say would ruin plans for a linear park.
Candidate questionnaires covering a range of topics, including the Trinity Toll Road, the future of Fair Park, gentrification and water quality were sent out after the Feb. 17 filing deadline and follow-up interviews were conducted in late March.
Alliance representatives stated its new members were concerned about a wide variety of issues, but had all agreed opposition to the Trinity Toll Road would remain the group’s litmus test for support. Staying true to that goal, co-chairs Erica Cole and Brandon Pollard released the PAC’s list of endorsements in the races they believe are most critical to forming “a green majority around the horseshoe.”
District 1 - Scott Griggs; District 2 - Adam Medrano; District 5 -Dominique Torres; District 6 - Omar Narvaez and Alex Dickey; District 7 - Adam Bazaldua; District 8 - Eric Williams; District 9 - Mark Clayton; District 11- Candace Evans; District 12- Sandy Greyson; and District 14 - Phillip Kingston. DGA provided no endorsements for Districts 3, 4, 10 and 13.
Cole said that forthright opposition to the Toll Road and support for a wide range of critical environmental justice issues made most of the selections easy, but that the group intends to hold all candidates accountable to opposing the Toll Road over the next two years.
”It’s time for City Council to step up, oppose the toll road and start the park now. With the Mayor intending to virtually sell the park — our city’s greatest natural asset — to a ‘local government corporation,’ we need strong voices at the table to defend the Trinity.”