Elections 2020Local NewsTrustee Marshall Defeats Challenger Nancy Rodriguez in Dallas School Board Runoff

Marshall defeated Rodriguez with 66 percent of the vote in a low-turnout runoff.
December 9, 2020
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Trustee Dustin Marshall has claimed victory in the race for the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) Board of Trustees District 2, defeating challenger Nancy Rodriguez. The latest tally shows Marshall winning with 66 percent of the vote to Rodriguez’s 34 percent in a low-turnout runoff in which only five percent of registered voters in Dallas County participated.

Marshall — who finished second to Rodriguez on Election Day — thanked his supporters on social media.

“Final results are in. Thank you to the District 2 voters who overwhelmingly supported my re-election. I really appreciate your support,” Marshall said.

The race remained bitter to the end. Among other criticisms, Rodriguez blasted Marshall on Twitter the night before the runoff for being endorsed by Empower Texans, which she characterized as a “group of anti-LGBTQ billionaires who supported school prayer[.]”

Rodriguez may have been referring to a 2016 endorsement of Marshall by Texans For Fiscal Responsibility, a former arm of the organization that is now a stand-alone entity. 

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Alex Enriquez, who ran for the seat but did not qualify for the runoff, endorsed Marshall within a week of Election Day in a fiery letter criticizing Rodriguez.

At the time of publishing, Rodriguez had not made a statement on her social media pages and could not be immediately reached by The Texan. 

There were other runoffs elsewhere in Dallas County. In Balch Springs, Angela Swann Singletary defeated Nelli Castillo for place two on the city council by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent. A narrow runoff in Duncanville for place two on the city council ended with Don McBurnett defeating Misty Bain by a mere 19 votes.  

In the race for place five on the Coppell City Council, John Jun won with 60 percent of the vote in a runoff against Jim Walker, who received 40 percent. Mark Zeske won the race for place three on the Irving City Council with 55 percent of the vote against Abdul Khabeer’s 45 percent.

Finally, Cliff Boyd has been elected to place five on Dallas County’s community college school board with 55 percent of the vote against William Wesley Jameson’s 45 percent.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan in Dallas. During the academic year, he coaches high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.