FEEDBACK: Looking at District 14

Looking at District 14

This spring’s Dallas City Council District 14 race should draw our community into the voting booth in far greater numbers than any prior municipal election. Angela Hunt, the incumbent, announced Feb. 9 that she would run again for her seat. Jim Rogers had previously announced with the stipulation that he would withdraw from the race if Hunt ran.

The Feb. 4 issue of Dallas Voice announced that Erin Lasseter and Victor Franko were also running. I do not know either of them, but I do know the final announced candidate, James Nowlin.

Frankly, I think the race will be between Hunt and Nowlin. They have important commonalities: Both are experienced attorneys, highly analytical, forthright and hardworking.

Their differences are just as striking. Hunt is straight and married; Nowlin is openly gay. Hunt has served three two-year terms; Nowlin would be a fresh face. Hunt considered a run for mayor; Nowlin announced early for the council seat.

And Nowlin is a Stonewaller — a long-time member and former board member of the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas — and a neighborhood activist.

Monday, March 14 is the last day for candidates to file. April 1 is the last day to register to vote or to change your voter registration if you have moved since your card was issued.

What happens in Dallas affects us at least as much as what happens in D.C. Your voice is your vote. So is mine. Let’s speak out loud and proud to assure that our community is heard.

Phyllis Guest
Dallas

—  John Wright

Gay playwright wins grant

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, the gay, San Francisco-based playwright who has two shows produced in Dallas earlier this year — Second Thought’s Hunters and Gatherers and Kitchen Dog’s Boom! — has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the National New Play Network (of which Kitchen Dog is a longtime member), which seeks to encourage playwrights and get their work out there. It’s overall a pretty hoity-toity thing to win.

I interviewed Nachtrieb, and he’s a hoot — a funny guy, and smart — and Kitchen Dog does some pretty out-there shit. So it might be cool if his next play written with the grant turns up in Dallas.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones