Dallas ISD will have 2 new faces on the board. Dallas College race poised for a runoff.

Two new trustees will steer the second-largest district in Texas as it works to boost student performance and manage dallas ISD’s roughly $1.9 billion budget.

Lance Currie and Ed Turner won their bids for the District 1 and District 9 races, respectively, according to unofficial results. Both had earned the endorsement of the outgoing incumbent in those seats.

Voters will decide on two open seats on the Dallas school board, District 1 and District 9. Trustees set DISD priorities for serving the district’s roughly 140,000 students, pass legislative agendas and evaluate the superintendent’s effectiveness.

Currie, who wants to represent Northwest Dallas, is a law firm partner with two kids in the district. He had 52.3% of the vote as unofficial results continued to trickle in late Saturday. He was running against nonprofit field director Maureen Milligan and Chris Roberts, who works in information technology.

Currie said he wants to prioritize children by focusing on outcomes, such as by having better information on students’ lives after graduation. That will help create stronger pathways to college and careers, he said.

“There are still thousands of kids who are not where they need to be,” he said.

Turner, also a DISD dad and volunteer, is an insurance broker and had a wide lead over three other candidates with 60.4% of the vote late in the evening, according to unofficial results

Also running for District 9 was Oralia Alonso, a parent instructor/liaison at Ann Richards STEAM Academy; Da’On Boulanger-Chatman, a fine arts teacher in Garland ISD; and Community organizer LaKashia Wallace. Trustee Justin Henry did not seek reelection for the seat, which represents South Dallas, along with parts of downtown, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown and East Dallas.

Dan Micciche, who represents the District 3 area that includes Northeast Dallas, ran unopposed.

Dallas College election results

Dr. Catalina Garcia held off DISD trustee Edwin Flores for the college’s District 1 seat, which encompasses North Dallas and Lake Highlands, according to unofficial results.

Flores, 57, a biotechnology patent attorney, is longtime Dallas ISD trustee who didn’t seek reelection in that board’s District 1 seat inorder to run for Dallas College.

Garcia, 86, a retired physician, had about 56% of the vote, according to the unofficial returns. She took over the seat in 2022 after the death of longtime trustee and local business leader J.L. “Sonny” Williams. His term was set to expire this year.

Meanwhile, the District 7 race to takeover longtime trustee Charletta Compton’s seat — representing large parts of south Dallas County — is headed to a runoff. Compton, who sat on the board for nearly 25 years, is not seeking reelection.

Kesha O’Reilly, a medical strategist and pharmacist, had 36.5% of the vote, according to the unofficial returns. DeAndrea Fleming, an education consultant who has served as a DeSoto ISD trustee since 2018, had about 29.5%, according to the unofficial results.

However, Fleming previously announced she was suspending her campaign ahead of the election and endorsed O’Reilly.

Also on the ballot was Jasmond Anderson, a former Dallas City Plan Commission member and Joey Rodriguez, a nonprofit director.

Talia Richman and Valeria Olivares contributed to this report.

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