In 2013, my service on the Dallas City Council will come to a close. I am writing to thank you for your support these last eight years, and to introduce you to my good friend Philip Kingston, who will be running for my seat.
It has been an honor to serve you as the representative for District 14, and I am deeply grateful for your support. Together, we’ve improved our wonderfully diverse neighborhoods, fostered economic growth and walkable communities, fulfilled the dream of a nationally-renowned Arts District, and revitalized downtown Dallas.
But there is still much to be done. Next May, voters will elect a new voice to represent District 14. I hope you will join me in supporting Philip Kingston, who has spent more than a decade working to strengthen our neighborhoods and improve our city.
I met Philip and his wife Melissa over a decade ago when he was leading the effort to protect the historic integrity of his East Dallas neighborhood. After months of hard work, Philip successfully championed the Belmont Addition Conservation District, resulting in the protection of more than 400 homes from demolition and incompatible development.
What has most impressed me about Philip is his ability to bring people together and create coalitions. For the last several years, Philip has volunteered on behalf of more than a dozen East Dallas neighborhoods to build consensus on complex zoning cases. He’s championed neighborhood causes countless times before the City Plan Commission and City Council, played an integral role in improving the St. Patrick’s Day experience for residents, and led the coalition of neighborhood associations focusing on improving Lower Greenville Avenue.
The diversity of our neighborhoods demands a leader who listens to residents, understands the issues, and believes in neighborhood self-determination. Philip will be a great partner at Dallas City Hall, and I hope you will assist his campaign with your vote, your endorsement, and your support. To learn more about Philip and his vision for our district, visit www.philipkingston.com.
Thank you again for allowing me to serve,