May 2, 2020 General Election POSTPONED until November 3, 2020

The 2020 City Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pursuant to the provisions of Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, on March 18, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas signed a proclamation suspending certain provisions of the Texas Election Code and the Texas Water Code to allow all local political subdivisions that are utilizing the May 2, 2020 uniform election date to postpone their elections to the November 3, 2020, uniform election date.

The City of Duncanville issued a shelter-in-place order on March 23, 2020, and given the spread of the COVID-19 virus, there is uncertainty of whether a shelter-in-place extension will be ordered. If the election is not moved to November 3, 2020 the city may be putting the election at risk due to voters not being able to exercise their right to vote.

On March 31, 2020 City Council passed Resolution No. 2020-009R postponing the May 2nd General Election to November 3, 2020. Postponing the election to November 3, 2020 does not reopen candidate filings.

On March 31, 2020 the City Council passed Resolution No. 2020-025 ordering a cancellation of the Joint Election on May 2, 2020 and declaring the election unopposed candidates for Mayor and Councilmember from District 4 of the City Council of the City of Duncanville, Texas for a two-year term. Mayor Barry L. Gordon and Councilmember Mark D. Cooks representing District 4 will be sworn into office on May 5, 2020 by City Secretary Kristin Downs.

Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.

May 2, 2020 General Election Information

The 2020 City Election will be held on Saturday, May 2nd.

The slate of offices includes Council Members to represent Mayor, District 2 and District 4.

Candidates in Ballot Order:

  • Mayor – UNOPPOSED
    • Barry L. Gordon**
  • Council Member District 2
    • Don McBurnett**
    • Hector Sifuentes
    • Misty Bain
  • Council Member District 4 – UNOPPOSED
    • Mark D. Cooks**

**Denotes Incumbent

Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 2nd 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) 627-8683.

Early voting will be conducted Monday, April 20, 2020 through Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the Duncanville Library Conference Rooms located at 201 James Collins Blvd. as follows:

Monday, April 20th – Saturday, April 25th:                   8:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 26th:                                                                 1:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.

Monday, April 27th – Tuesday, April 28th:                     7:00 a.m. –  7:00 p.m.

Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.

Duncanville City Council Member Johnette Jameson Elected to Women In Municipal Government National Caucus

Duncanville District 5 City Council Member Johnette Jameson has been elected Board Member of the National League of Cities (NLC) Women in Municipal Government (WIMG). This group supports networking and learning among female municipal leaders. Jameson was elected during the 2019 City Summit conference in San Antonio, Texas.

WIMG aims to raise awareness about issues of concern to women, and it encourages women to seek public office in their communities. Over the years, WIMG has worked to ensure that women hold leadership positions within NLC and serve on its board of directors and other special leadership groups.

“I am passionate about serving the community and believe that women in leadership positions play an important role in all levels of government,” said Council Member Johnette Jameson. “Organizations should have a healthy mix of male and female perspective in order to balance the dialogue, and I am proud to support the advancement of female elected officials in municipal government”.

As a leader in this constituency group, Jameson will play a key role in promoting a role for women in NLC policy discussions and development of its National Municipal Policy and its agenda for America’s cities, towns, and villages.

The leadership of this year’s committee also includes President Lindsey Horvath, mayor pro tempore, West Hollywood, California; 1st Vice President Wally Campbell, mayor, Goodyear, Arizona and 2nd Vice President Elizabeth Carr-Hurst, mayor, Fairburn, Georgia.

For more information on NLC’s constituency groups, visit: https://www.nlc.org/membership/groups-networks.

Mayor Gordon Appointed to Serve on National League of Cities’ Information Technology and Communications Committee

“Technology and communications are major issues facing cities right now, and with increased security concerns it’s more important than ever to stay on top of how these activities affect our communities,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry Gordon. “I look forward to serving on the NLC ITC federal advocacy committee and working with my counterparts across the nation to advocate for solutions that are in the best interest of our cities”.

As a committee member, Gordon will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.

“NLC’s federal advocacy committees ensure policymakers in Washington understand the most pressing issues facing local communities,” said Joe Buscaino, councilmember of Los Angeles, California, and president of the National League of Cities (NLC). “I am proud to have Duncanville Mayor Barry Gordon join NLC’s Information Technology and Communications committee on behalf of his residents. Together, with a team of local officials from across the country, we will strengthen the federal-local partnership, and ultimately create stronger cities, towns and villages.”

The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Corina Lopez, Vice Mayor, San Leandro, California, Vice Chair Alix Desulme, Councilman, North Miami, Florida, and Vice Chair Joseph Goldstein, Councilmember, Marietta, Georgia.

For more information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, visit: www.nlc.org/advocacy/committees

Census 2020 Student Poster Contest

Census 2020 Student Poster Contest

The Census 2020 Complete Count Committee and the City of Duncanville are sponsoring a poster contest to engage students in a discussion about the Census. The accurate counting of all people affects the entire community, and involving children in the process helps them understand the Census and its importance in our everyday lives.

Poster Contest Information

The Census 2020 Student Poster Contest is open to all Public, Private and Homeschooled students in grade categories K-5 and 6 – 12 living or attending a school in the Duncanville city limits.

Poster Theme: Middle & High School Students Theme: “Count Me”

Poster Theme: Kindergarten – 5th Grade Students Theme: “Count Me Too”

Entry Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020

 

  • Posters must have a positive visual and verbal message and illustrate this year’s theme.
  • Any two-dimensional medium may be used (crayon, paint, pencil, marker, photos, etc).
  • Suggested Poster size is 11” x 17”.
  • Student’s Registration Page MUST be attached to the back of the poster to qualify. Please complete both sections.
  • No professional or copyrighted material or images.

Art, Science & Math Teachers, Guidance Counselors and Home School teachers are encouraged to use this contest as part of their curriculum. All students are urged to submit a poster. The winning posters will be used by the Duncanville Census 2020 Complete Count Committee through the campaign in various avenues to promote the mission.

Posters are judged in two categories: Best Message and Most Creative

Posters can be mailed or dropped off at City Hall at 203 E. Wheatland Road, Duncanville, before 5:00 pm on the deadline. Winners and Duncanville ISD will be notified by email and invited to a City Council meeting for recognition, date TBA. Questions about the poster contest should be directed to Athena Seaton at mailto:aseaton@duncanville.com or 972-707-3878.

 

About the Census

The Constitution mandates that the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency, conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This year mark the first time that citizens will be able to respond to the census online.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.

 

2019 Duncanville State of the City

On January 16, 2020, the Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Celebrate Duncanville: State of the City event at Hilton Garden Inn. Approximately 200 attendees from various businesses and community organizations came together to celebrate Duncanville’s progress over the past year, including awarding Duncanville’s Man and Woman of the Year, as well as the Mayor’s Choice Award for two local businesses.

The State of the City presented by Mayor Barry Gordon shares community highlights and city accomplishments for the year.

State of the City Video

The Mayor’s speech and PowerPoint presentation is also available in its entirety.

Mayor’s Speech & Presentation

2019 Duncanville Man and Woman of the Year

Man of the Year was awarded to Duncanville Police Officer Doug Sisk, pictured center with Mayor Gordon and wife Marlyse.
Woman of the Year was awarded to community visionary Betty Dunn, pictured with husband Weymond.

2019 Mayor’s Choice Award: Businesses

Redbird Skateland
Quality Aspirators

Preparations Begin for 2020 City Officers Election

The 2020 City Officers election will be held Saturday, May 2nd. Duncanville voters will go to the polls to elect the Mayor and Councilmembers to represent Districts 2 and 4 for the upcoming two-year term.

The first official day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Wednesday, January 15. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 14. Candidate filing packets are now available in the City Secretary’s office.

City qualifications for candidacy include:

• Qualified voter
• Resident of the State of Texas for one year
• Resident of the City and district for six months
• Hold no other public office

All registered voters in the City of Duncanville may vote for the Mayor. Residents of Districts 2 and 4 may vote for their respective candidates. Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 2, 2020, to register in order to cast a ballot in the May 2nd election. Voter registration applications may be obtained at City Hall or the Duncanville Public Library.

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at 469.627.8683 (VOTE). Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting Duncanville’s City Secretary at 972.780.5017.

Dallas County Elections Department will be relocating in 2020!

New Address: 1520 Round Table Drive Dallas, TX 75247

New Phone Number: 469.627.8683 (VOTE)

City Council Amends Solid Waste Ordinance, Impacts Brush/Bulk Collection

At the December 17, 2019 City Council meeting, the Duncanville City Council amended the Solid Waste ordinance after receiving input from residents. The changes primarily affect brush and bulk collection as outlined below. Residents will see a $2.31 increase per month for solid waste services on utility bills starting in January.

Postcard mailed to residents in January 2020 outlining changes to Republic Services Solid Waste Ordinance.

City of Duncanville Wins Award for Annual Report

The City of Duncanville has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the city’s first ever Annual Report for fiscal year 2017-2018. GFOA awarded the city for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR Award).

View the 2017-2018 City of Duncanville Annual Report

FY17-18 Popular Annular Financial Report (PAFR)

The award represents a significant achievement by the city. In order to be eligible for the PAFR award, a government must also submit its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) to GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting program and receive the CAFR award for the current fiscal year. Each eligible report is reviewed by independent judges who evaluate the report based on the following categories: reader appeal, understandability, distribution methods, creativity, innovativeness and usefulness.

Congratulations to the 2019 Leadership Academy Graduates

Congratulations to the 2019 Duncanville Leadership Academy graduates! Fourteen Duncanville city employees from various departments graduated from the City’s annual Leadership Academy on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to recognize and develop upcoming leaders amongst the staff who exhibit qualities of integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence and positivity.

2019 Duncnaville Leadership Academy Graduates

Members of the 2019 Duncanville Leadership Academy

  • Esther Wright, Senior Code Enforcement Officer
  • Jose Torres, Crew Leader Streets
  • Stephanie Lott, Librarian
  • Duaine Mayo, Police Officer
  • Christopher McCaleb, Police Lieutenant
  • Ronald Wilcots, Police Lieutenant
  • Richard Jones, Fieldhouse Operations Supervisor
  • Derrick Downs, Crew Leader Utility Billing
  • Daisy Guillen, Court Clerk
  • Mike Forester, Crew Leader, Irrigation
  • David Dunn, Assistant Utilities Operations Manager
  • Angelica Garcia, Building Inspections Coordinator
  • Ervey Morales – Skilled Maintenance Worker Parks
  • Jimmy Shelley – Maintenance Worker Streets

The Leadership Academy is a one-year program that meets monthly for leadership training, which also includes city-related topics such as Introduction to City Values and Culture, Community Engagement, Council Relations, Strategic Planning, etc. Midway through the program, academy members divide into three groups and select a city-related project they are responsible for researching, developing, and implementing. The group projects for the 2019 academy program include:

  1. City University – Establish and implement a city-wide training and development program for employees
  2. Senior Center Expansion – Research and recommend expanded programs/services for the Duncanville D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center
  3. Employee “Walk In Your Shoes” Day – Create a program where employees rotate through departments/divisions to learn/observe what each department does in the city