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Wondering who will be on the ballot this year? Want to know more about the candidates? We bring to you the local candidates for 2020.


Garland City Council

District 1

David Gibbons (unopposed)


District 2

Deborah Morris (incumbent)

Deborah Morris is a member of the Garland City Council, representing District 2 in Texas. She assumed office in 2018. Her current term ends in 2020.

Morris is running for re-election to the Garland City Council to represent District 2 in Texas. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Morris' career experience includes working as a nonfiction writer and in public speaking. She has served as a local disaster team leader with the American Red Cross, as a member of the first aid team with the Christian Motorcyclists Association, as a president with the North East Garland Neighborhood Association, and as a board member with the Building & Fire Codes board in Garland, Texas. Her professional credentials include a certification as a first responder. She has served as a member with the Antioch Community Church, with the NAACP, and with the Garland Association for Hispanic Affairs.
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Koni Ramos-Kaiwi

Koni Ramos-Kaiwi is running for election to the Garland City Council to represent District 2 in Texas. Ramos-Kaiwi is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Koni Ramos-Kaiwi has worked, lived and raised her family in Garland  for more than 30 years.

She began her career with GISD in 1986, in the Transportation Department, when seeking services for their oldest son. She made a comment about knowing how to drive a bus, and it just so happened that the district needed a driver for an older ‘standard’ bus; one that not many people knew how to drive. But Koni did, and so began her career in GISD.

When not working with students or her professional colleagues, Mrs. Ramos‐Kaiwi’s is working as a community leader. She has served on boards and committees for the city and school district, worked with education groups, and chaired community organizations. Koni has used her contacts with various state and local entities to promote education; get the Garland schools and students the help they need; and help ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Through civic engagement, she has advocated for those who do not have a voice and sought to further educate others on issues that affect the community and education professionals on a day‐to‐day basis.
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District 4

B.J. Williams

B.J. Williams is running for election to the Garland City Council to represent District 4 in Texas. Williams is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Williams was a member of the Garland City Council, representing District 4 in Texas. Williams assumed office in 2012. Williams left office in 2018.
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Jim Bookhout (incumbent)

Jim Bookhout is a member of the Garland City Council, representing District 4 in Texas. Bookhout assumed office in 2018. Bookhout's current term ends in 2020.

Bookhout is running for re-election to the Garland City Council to represent District 4 in Texas. Bookhout is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.
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District 5

Rich Aubin (unopposed)

Richard Aubin is a member of the Garland City Council, representing District 5 in Texas. Aubin assumed office on May 17, 2016. Aubin's current term ends in 2020.

Aubin is running for re-election to the Garland City Council to represent District 5 in Texas. Aubin is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.
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Garland ISD Board of Trustees

Place 4

Jed Reed (incumbent)

Jed Reed is a member of the Garland Independent School District school board, representing Place 4 in Texas. Reed assumed office in 2016. Reed's current term ends in 2020.

Reed is running for re-election to the Garland Independent School District school board to represent Place 4 in Texas. Reed is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Reed served as the director of human resources for the Garland Independent School District before he was elected to the board. He earned a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University. He also earned a master's degree in public administration from Texas A&M University.
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Ana Maria Aguilar DeYoung

Ana Maria Aguilar DeYoung is running for election to the Garland Independent School District school board to represent Place 4 in Texas. DeYoung is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.



Bob Duckworth

Bob Duckworth is running for election to the Garland Independent School District school board to represent Place 4 in Texas. Duckworth is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Duckworth was a candidate for Place 3 on the Garland Independent School District school board in 2019. He was defeated in the general election on May 4, 2019.
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Place 5

Jamie Miller (unopposed)

Jamie Miller is a member of the Garland Independent School District school board, representing Place 5 in Texas. Miller assumed office in 2017. Miller's current term ends in 2020.

Miller is running for re-election to the Garland Independent School District school board to represent Place 5 in Texas. Miller is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.
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Local Issues in Ballot 

City of Garland Proposition A

This proposition reads: Shall the City Council be authorized, as otherwise limited by land and pursuant to State law, to approve the construction and use of a library facility within a portion of public property designated as parkland, commonly known as Hollabaugh Park.

The proposal would allow the use of land adjacent to Hollabaugh Recreation Center, 3925 W. Walnut St., as the site for relocation of the Walnut Creek Branch Library.

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Garland ISD Tax Rate Election (TRE)

This proposition reads: Ratifying the ad valorem tax rate of $1.3463 in Garland Independent School District for the current year, a rate that will result in an

increase of 12.62 percent in maintenance and operations tax revenue for the district for the current year as compared to the preceding year, which is an additional $25,095,092.

 

A message from Garland ISD Superintendent, Dr. Ricardo Lopez: “For more than 100 years, Garland ISD has focused on providing an exceptional education. After listening to residents across our community, GISD has placed a Tax Rate Election (TRE) on the November 3rd ballot.

While some school districts have used TREs to increase their property tax rate, GISD is taking a different approach. If the TRE is approved by voters, our new property tax rate would be approximately $1.34 – a nearly .05¢ decrease from last year and a nearly .12¢ decrease from 2018-19. In fact, the tax rate would be the lowest our community has seen in six years.

The TRE can impact every student at each of our 72 schools and increase their opportunities while providing property tax rate relief for the second year in a row. Our goal is to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed vote on November 3rd.”

For more information, visit the TRE website or Facebook page.
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There will be more names on the ballot, but this is based on your zip location in Garland. To find out who all will be on a Dallas County ballot, visit Dallas County Votes.

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