Official Election Results and Swearing In Ceremony

Official May 7, 2022, General Election Results

TOTAL = Total votes | VOTE % = Percentage of Votes Cast | EV I-P = Early Voting In-Person | EVM = Early Vote by Mail | ED = Election Day | EV/ED Prov = Early Voting & Election Day Provisional

Mayor

TOTAL VOTE % EV I-P EVM ED EV/ED Prov
ERIKA BROWNING 707 24.41% 432 37 238 0
MARK D. COOKS
(run-off)
1,056 36.46% 645 93 312 6
LAVAUGHN WASHINGTON 79 2.73% 42 13 24 0
BARRY L. GORDON
(run-off)
1,054 36.40% 642 88 321 3
Total 2,896 100.00% 1,761 231 895 9

Councilmember District 2

TOTAL VOTE % EV I-P EVM ED EV/ED Prov
DON MCBURNETT (W) 288 50.70% 184 34 70 0
NANCY GUTIERREZ 280 49.30% 179 15 86 0
Total 568 100.00% 363 49 156 0

Councilmember District 4

TOTAL VOTE % EV I-P EVM ED EV/ED Prov
KAREN CHERRY
(W)
493 74.58% 316 38 135 4
BRENDA O’BRIEN 168 25.42% 93 17 58 0
Total 661 100.00% 409 55 193 4

City of Duncanville Swearing-in Ceremony

City Secretary Kristin Downs swore in Councilmember Don McBurnett, District 2, and Councilmember Karen Cherry, District 4 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Regular City Council Meeting.

A Runoff Election for Mayor will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, for Mayor

Early Voting

Monday, June 6, 2022 – Friday, June 10, 2022 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, June 11, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday, June 12, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Monday, June 13, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Election Day

Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (469) 627-VOTE (8683). Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.

Salary Increase Approved for All District Employees for 2022-2023 School Year

Based on a unanimous vote by the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees, all district employee workgroups will receive a salary increase between 4% and 6.6% for the 2022-2023 school year.

During the regular school board meeting on Monday, May 16, the board approved a new compensation plan for the 2022-2023 school year. The highlights of the compensation plan include:

  • $57,000 Beginning Teacher Salary
  • 6.6% Salary Increase of the Midpoint for All Teachers (Minimum $4000)
  • 4% Salary Increase of the Midpoint for All Other Staff
  • $2,000 Loyalty Stipend for 15+ years in Duncanville ISD
  • Additional Stipends and Signing Bonuses for Hard-to-Fill Positions (up to $12,000)
  • Market Adjustments for All Positions as Applicable
  • Decrease in Health Insurance Premiums

The district’s new compensation plan addresses teachers who are new to the profession, returning teachers, and veteran teachers, as well as all auxiliary, professional, and paraprofessional staff.

Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith addressed the topic of teacher pay and retaining teachers in the most recent edition of his podcast – Super Intentional. Dr. Smith hosted a discussion with two principals about the importance of “taking care of the people” and recognizing the importance of relating to the needs and priorities of students and staff.  Learn more at https://www.duncanvilleisd.org/superintentional.

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Hotel Occupancy Tax Grants

Bring Your Overnight Event to Duncanville & Apply for a Grant

The City of Duncanville is now accepting Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant requests until July 15, 2022, at 5:00 PM.

Hotel Occupancy Tax Grants are awarded to events that significantly increase overnight tourism in Duncanville, Texas.

The multi-day events must take place in Duncanville, Texas, and grant requests must meet all State of Texas requirements, which can be found in the linked application, in order to be considered for funding.

All applications can be submitted by email to eco@duncanville.com or by hand-delivery to the attention of:

Duncanville Economic Development Department
203 E Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, TX 75116.

For more information please call Brandy Gaither, Executive Assistant of Development Services, at 972-780-5003 or by email at brandy.gaither@duncanville.com.

Election Day is May 7, 2022

The 2022 City Election will be held on Saturday, May 7th.  The slate of offices includes Councilmembers to represent Mayor, District 2 and District 4.  All registered voters in the City of Duncanville will have the opportunity to vote for the Mayor position. Registered voters residing in Districts 2 and 4 will also have an opportunity to vote for their respective candidates.

Following is a list of Candidates:

  • Mayor
    • Erika Browning
    • Mark D. Cooks***
    • LaVaughn Washington
    • Barry L. Gordon **
  • Councilmember District 2
    • Don McBurnett **
    • Nancy Gutierrez
  • Councilmember District 4
    • Karen Cherry
    • Brenda O’Brien

**Denotes Incumbent Mayor or Councilmember

***Denotes Incumbent Councilmember Running for Mayor

To view the candidates contact information click here

Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 7th to register in order to cast a ballot in the May election.  Voter registration cards may be obtained at City Hall or the Duncanville Public Library.  For more information regarding voter registration, residents may contact the Dallas County Elections Department at (469) 627-VOTE (8683).

Early voting will be conducted Monday, April 25, 2022 through Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at the Duncanville Library Conference Rooms located at 201 James Collins Blvd. as follows:

Monday, April 25th – Friday, April 29th:                  8:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 30th                                                        7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 1st:                                                              12:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.

Monday, May 2nd – Tuesday, May 3rd:                    7:00 a.m. –  7:00 p.m.

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (469) 627-VOTE (8683). Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.

MULTI-CITY PROJECT IN SOUTH METROPLEX RENEWS INFRASTRUCTURE TO ACCOMMODATE SAFETY NEEDS & RAPID REGIONAL GROWTH

Wintergreen Road Partnership

Wintergreen Road Project Reflects Successful Regional Partnerships

The Wintergreen Road Project, the product of a partnership between Dallas County, the Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Dallas Water Utilities, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), has produced major infrastructure upgrades that will improve road safety and transportation efficiency, satisfy flood plain control safety requirements, and deliver major water service improvements that are projected to accommodate the demands of a fast-growing portion of South Dallas County for up to 50 years.

On Wednesday, April 27th, leaders from Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville joined Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and other Dallas County officials, and key representatives from Dallas Water Utilities and NCTCOG for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1500 N. Duncanville Road to mark the completion of this $10 million + multi-city infrastructure project.

“The Wintergreen Road Project’s successful completion is further evidence of how collaboration between the Best Southwest Partnership, of which the City of Duncanville is a proud member, and Dallas County can positively impact the lives of citizens. Beyond the upgraded driving surface and other needed improvements, our city’s residents can now enjoy wider sidewalks and bike lanes along this road,” said Duncanville’s Mayor Barry L. Gordon.

Specifically, this project improved Wintergreen Road at its intersections with Duncanville Road and with Main Street by constructing four new traffic lanes, building a new bridge over Stewart Branch Creek, and improving box culverts on Duncanville Road to allow for required storm drainage and FEMA and local flood plain compliance. A new traffic signal has been installed at the Main Street intersection to promote motorist and pedestrian safety. And more than 1300 linear feet of 96-inch Water Main pipes were installed by Dallas Water Utilities to meet the projected water needs of South Dallas County for the next 50 years.

Wintergreen Road and Duncanville Road are critical parts of the Master Thoroughfare Plans from the Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville and these improvements will enhance mobility within all three cities. The project also widened sidewalks, added bike lanes in both directions along Duncanville Road, constructed a trail along the west side of Duncanville Road, and made parking improvements for the Windmill Hill Preserve.

Wintergreen Road Project limits are from Main Street and Wintergreen Road intersection to 1300 feet east and from the intersection to 900 feet south on Duncanville Road.

“The Wintergreen Road project is just one example of the great things the Best Southwest cities accomplish as we work closely together with our partners,” said Cedar Hill Mayor Stephen Mason. “This project is a huge investment in safe and efficient traffic flow at the intersection of three different cities. We appreciate Dallas County’s support for this and other important infrastructure improvements in the region.”

The involvement of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price reinforced this strong regional partnership and Commissioner Price made sure to acknowledge the key role that the contractor played in this massive infrastructure project. Said Commissioner Price, “Texas Standard Construction, LTD has been a trusted partner for collaborating and producing the project.”

The Wintergreen Road Project was engineered by Dal-Tech and contractor Texas Standard Construction began construction in August 2019. It was initially projected to be completed by the summer of 2021, however, multiple factors including manpower and supply shortages tied to the Coronavirus Pandemic resulted in a revised construction schedule. But all of the entities involved persevered to ensure that this vital project was completed.

“The Cities of DeSoto, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville routinely partner with each other because we understand the importance of working together and leveraging our combined resources so that we can accomplish more in our cities and our region,” stated DeSoto Mayor Rachel L. Proctor in a statement delivered on her behalf by DeSoto City Councilmember Crystal Chism. Proctor’s statement added, “The Wintergreen Road project could not have succeeded had it not been for the incredibly high level of cooperation and communication that took place from the planning phase through our ribbon cutting between our partner cities, Dallas County, City of Dallas Water Utilities, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. DeSoto is proud of what we accomplished and to be a part of this great team!”

For a summary of the main elements of the Wintergreen Road Project view the project fact sheet at https://bit.ly/3EGwGra

Wintergreen Road Fact Sheet

Contacts:

Matt Smith, DeSoto Coms Manager, MSmith@desototexas.gov

Ted Andargie, Dallas County Project Manager, Tewodros.Andargie@dallascounty.org

Duncanville ISD Reopens Friday, February 25

Duncanville ISD

Duncanville ISD will reopen Friday, February 25, and schools will resume classes.

To assess the roads this afternoon, Transportation Department staff drove the streets that bus drivers and parents regularly travel to school and discovered clear roadways. With no additional rain in the forecast and temperatures rising above freezing today, a decision has been made to reopen Duncanville ISD tomorrow – Friday, February 25.

This decision follows the district’s inclement weather plan of reviewing weather forecasts and evaluating roads within the school district’s boundaries. We recognize that there will be people who live in neighborhoods where there may continue to be ice. Parents, guardians and staff must make a personal decision about the safety of travel based on your circumstances and environment.

In addition to members of the Transportation Department driving the roads today, staff in the school district’s Maintenance Department have evaluated the campus buildings to confirm there has been no damage due to cold temperatures and the buildings will be warm and ready to receive students and staff tomorrow. Stay warm and be careful on the roads.

Duncanville ISD Closing Thursday, February 24 Due to Winter Weather

Duncanville ISD

Duncanville ISD has canceled all after-school activities today and will be closed tomorrow due to winter weather that is expected to make roadway conditions hazardous.

With this closure, there will be no classes Thursday, February 24 and all district facilities will be closed.

The current school district calendar has additional learning and instruction time built into it. With the added instructional time in the school calendar, teaching and learning will not be adversely impacted.

Stay in, stay warm, and be careful! Also, for the most up-to-date information stay tuned to the district’s website at www.duncanvilleisd.org and social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for information regarding Friday.

Duncanville High School Students Inspire Education Leaders with Musical Performance

The Duncanville High School Choir gave an emotional and inspiring performance yesterday before a room filled with educators from all of over the state at the annual Texas Association of School Administrators Midwinter Conference in Austin.

The choir – comprised of 39 students – opened the general session on day two of the conference. The Duncanville High School choir performed for approximately 20 minutes and sang songs, including “Stand By Me” and “Lovely Day.” They closed with “We Shall Overcome,” which brought attendees in the Austin Convention Center to their feet for a standing ovation.

Duncanville High School Sophomore Jeffrey Berry Jr. had a dramatic solo moment in the closing performance. Click here to access video of the final moments of the performance of that song.  Attached is a photo of Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith and Mr. Berry Jr.

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Choir and Dr. Smith and Dr. Nix

2022 Daddy Daughter Dance: Cinderella Gala

One of the most recognized events in Duncanville is steadily approaching.  Join us on Saturday, February 19, 2022, for a magical Cinderella Gala Daddy Daughter Dance.  The City of Duncanville’s Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up to provide an event that will create memories that last a lifetime for young girls, dads, or special guests. This event provides an opportunity for Dads to treat their daughters to a magical evening filled with dancing, fun, and prizes.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is a fun event filled with entertainment and prizes. This special event provides the opportunity for guests to mingle and chat with other couples. A DJ will keep the music going and facilitate fun activities while a professional photographer will work with couples to take memorable pictures.

There are a limited number of tickets available.  Please visit the Recreation Center to purchase your tickets. Daughters of all ages are welcome. Formal dress is optional.

Event Information

Event:              Daddy Daughter Dance – Cinderella Gala

Price:               $50.00 per couple – $15.00 for additional tickets

Date:               Saturday, February 19, 2022

Time:               6 pm – 9 pm

Location:        Duncanville Recreation Center

201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116


Tickets on Sale NOW!

Tickets must be purchased in person at the Duncanville Recreation Center located at 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116.

For more information regarding the Duncanville’s Daddy Daughter Dance event, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-780-5070.