TOP announces endorsed candidates in Dallas

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Building a stronger, more equitable Texas starts with electing the right people who will help us win on the issues that affect our communities.

That’s why over the last few weeks, TOP members in Dallas County have invested their time and energy interviewing local candidates to find the ones most dedicated to championing issues important to communities of color – thriving schools, healthy neighborhoods, a more fair criminal justice system and protecting the rights of immigrants.

Our members endorsed the following candidates who are fighting for working families and students in our city and schools:

Dominique Torres, candidate for Dallas City Council, District 5, is an attorney, long-time community advocate and an active TOP member since 2015. A Dallas native, she grew up in Pleasant Grove and is the first in her family to graduate from college.

As a vocal leader against police brutality, she will fight for tested policies that will address crime and build more trust within our communities. As a TOP member, she understands the importance of grassroots organizing to win changes. The area she calls home has been neglected for far too long, and she is determined to bring civic engagement and economic prosperity back to Pleasant Grove.

Dustin Marshall, Dallas ISD Trustee, District 2, is a business owner and father of four who has advocated for educational opportunities for all children for over 15 years.

During his short time as a Dallas ISD Trustee he has been a champion for replacing suspensions with proven solutions in an effort to halt the pipeline to prison, in particular for young Black students and special education students. Trustee Marshall is also a supporter of the community school model and a strong opponent of private school vouchers.

Early voting is Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2. Remember that by voting early you can vote at any polling location in your county, whether it be on your way to work, school or the grocery store. Click here for a list of early voting locations across Dallas County! Election Day is Saturday, May 6.

Pol. Adv. paid for by Texas Organizing Project

TOP announces endorsed candidates for San Antonio City Council

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The Texas Organizing Project (TOP) has released its list of endorsed city council candidates who show the most commitment to tackling the city’s challenges of racial and economic disparities, particularly in the areas of employment, housing, immigration and criminal justice.

TOP, under the platform #SA4ALL, is knocking on doors this municipal election urging the participation of infrequent voters by promoting a four-pronged solution to inequality in San Antonio: Creating more good-paying jobs, expanding neighborhoods of opportunity, protecting our families and immigrant neighbors, and granting more second chances while reforming our local criminal justice system.

Early voting is Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2. Election Day is Saturday, May 6.

For more information on TOP’s #SA4ALL campaign, please visit

San Antonio Mayor: (No endorsement)
City Council, District 1: Michael Montaño
City Council, District 4: Rey Saldaña
City Council, District 5: Shirley Gonzalez
City Council, District 7: Ana Sandoval

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SA Mayoral and Council candidate forum

SA4All platform

SAN ANTONIO – Time is winding down leading to the General Election in May.

A candidate forum was held on the West Side Monday night to allow people to get to know the top candidates who could soon lead the city of San Antonio.

Questions from the audience were at times tough and often rooted in personal experiences.

Texas Organizing Project hosted the forum.

The group identified four key areas important to voters; including wages, immigration rights, criminal justice reform, and improving neighborhoods.

Organizer Laquita Garcia with TOP said, “We encourage people to vote on issues that affect their families and everyday lives and it’s important when they go to the polls they remember who are champions two issues that affect the most.”

Candidates were asked to sign an agreement that if elected they would honor campaign promises.

The group that hosted the forum plans to announce endorsements Tuesday.

This story originally aired 4/10/2017 on News4SA.