State Thomas Meet and Greet

Judy Smith Hearst, who was instrumental in creating the State Thomas Historic District, hosted a meet and greet in her lovely Victorian home for me this evening.

Neighbors from all over the Uptown area visited with us and enjoyed the great food (especially the silk pie!).

We talked about the exciting new additions to the Arts District, the decking of Woodall Rodgers, and the importance of working with quality developers to complement existing neighborhoods.

Thanks to Judy, her sister Nancy, and all of the guests who attended this great event.

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Early Voting

Since Election Day will be busy for me, I decided to get my voting out of the way by voting early. Early voting started April 20 and runs through May 3. There are early voting locations throughout the city, and you can vote at any location — you just need your voter registration card and photo ID.

My husband and I voted at the Samuell Grand Recreation Center in East Dallas. I will definitely early vote again – no lines, no waiting. It’s very convenient.

Junius Heights Meet and Greet

I had a really nice time at Rene Schmidt’s Meet and Greet in Junius Heights this evening. The hosts, guests, and weather were all wonderful.

While we sat on Rene’s front porch and enjoyed the breeze, the guests and I discussed the Strong Mayor charter amendment, economic development, and preservation issues.

Junius Heights is a hidden gem of a neighborhood, located in Old East Dallas. The neighborhood is currently in the process of becoming Dallas’ next historic district, and I am very enthusiastic about and supportive of their efforts.

I’ve been friends with Rene since working with him through Preservation Dallas’ Neighborhood Network. His neighborhood’s effort to create the Junius Heights Historic District is a model that others seeking historic district status are sure to follow.

To cap off the event, Rene gave an impromptu performance of a Bach keyboard piece on his harpsichord. It was a great end to a great evening. Thanks again to Rene, his partner Lee, and all of the guests for a great time!

The Village Candidate Forum

This evening the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas hosted a District 14 Candidate Forum at The Village in the northeast part of our district.

The Village is home to fourteen distinct apartment communities, and is bounded by Northwest Highway, Skillman, Greenville, and Lovers Lane. Over 10,000 residents live in The Village.

I’d like to thank Scott Wilder and Kathy Carlton for organizing this event.

Oak Lawn – Uptown Meet and Greet

My thanks to Craig Reynolds and Key Kolb for hosting this evening’s terrific meet and greet! We had great questions about the Wright Amendment, protecting neighborhoods, cleaning up our city, and empowering the City Plan Commission.

A good point was brought up this evening: Will I, as a resident of East Dallas, be committed to representing the interests of Oak Lawn residents? My answer: Absolutely.

To get to know the area, I’ve been attending Love Field Environmental Advisory Committee meetings for two years, and I’ve attended zoning meetings, crime watch meetings, and neighborhood association meetings in Oak Lawn and surrounding areas. Our next council representative must represent all parts of our diverse district, and I am committed to working with residents of Oak Lawn to ensure their effective representation.

Hollywood-Santa Monica Candidate Forum

The Hollywood – Santa Monica Neighborhood Association had a great turn-out at tonight’s candidate forum. Jeremy Gregg was our moderator for the evening, and I and the other candidates responded to questions about code enforcement, public safety, and conservation districts.

The conservation district questions were a good opportunity for me to talk about my involvement in District 14 on a neighborhood level.

When I was first starting the M Streets Conservation District effort, I wanted to know what pitfalls to avoid that other conservation districts had faced in their creation and implementation.

I sought advice from Judith Timmerman, a neighborhood leader in Hollywood – Santa Monica. (Hollywood – Santa Monica was Dallas’ sixth conservation district, achieving protected status in 1993.) Judith graciously took me on a tour of her neighborhood and explained to me the conservation district designation process, and what worked in their CD ordinance and what didn’t.

Once the M Streets Conservation District was established, I wanted to pass on Judith’s favor to other neighborhoods seeking CD status. In the last two and a half years, I’ve helped a dozen Dallas neighborhoods in seeking protected status, offering support, advice, and speaking out on their behalf. Neighbors helping neighbors is the true essence of District 14.

I’d like to thank Judith for her help in establishing the M Streets Conservation District, and the HSMNA officers for putting on a great forum!