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Dallas school board runoff turns into David versus Goliath battle, Foreman beats well-funded Whatley for District 6 seat

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June 23, 2014

By Nick Katers

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Joyce Foreman pulled off a big victory over Bertha Bailey Whatley in the June 21, 2014 runoff election in Dallas Independent School District despite big gaps in endorsements and campaign contributions.

Whatley earned endorsements from local political action committees (PACs) Educate Dallas and Dallas Kids First PAC as well as the Dallas Morning News ahead of the general election on May 10, 2014. She also received $15,000 in campaign contributions compared to Foreman's $3,650 prior to the May 10 election. Despite these advantages, Whatley finished with only 34.8 percent of the vote compared to the 65.2 percent vote total for Foreman.

Foreman's victory may have been helped by a late endorsement from outgoing District 6 trustee Carla Ranger before the runoff election. Whatley's share of the vote also declined from 41.3 of the vote in the general election, suggesting the electorate shifted toward Foreman after the field was narrowed in the general election.

An unprecedented move by district residents toward a home-rule district also turned typical election dynamics on their head. School board members appointed a 15-member commission on June 19, 2014, with the goal of creating a charter to govern the district in the future. Dallas is the first district in Texas to follow the home-rule charter process created by state law in 1995.[1]


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Dallas Independent School District
District 6
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UncheckedBox.jpg Bertha Bailey Whatley

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