Damaged goods

What do you get for 50 bucks a meeting? Thomas Korosec sizes up the man and woman most likely to succeed Al Lipscomb.

Tave made a round of appearances -- along with Fantroy and Crenshaw -- before several real-estate groups and the exclusive Breakfast Group, he says. But he emerged with no contributions to aid his campaign. At least two people familiar with those meetings say none of the candidates seemed impressive enough to warrant support.

Tave says he thinks he can do enough mailings and hammer up enough signs to have a chance at making a run-off. But he thinks the district's politics are vicious. "People tell me if I want to win, I have to get out in the nursing homes with the early voting and help 80-year-olds and 90-year-olds fill out their ballots," he says. "I won't do that. But you'll see it being done."

Steward, who has campaigned least of all and spent only $116 on her campaign, says she might not have what it takes to win either.

Ambush: At a sparsely attended candidates' forum sponsored by KNON-FM, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price began heckling Sandra Crenshaw, with the apparent consent of  the forum's moderators and sponsors. Price, who is backing candidate James Fantroy, was seated with a number of relatives of former council member Al Lipscomb. Crenshaw repaired to an office in the Tommie Allen Recreation Center and dialed 911. When police arrived, debate organizers told them that a little heckling from the audience was permitted and that everything was under control. As Crenshaw put it later, "Everybody knows this was a set-up deal."
Ambush: At a sparsely attended candidates' forum sponsored by KNON-FM, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price began heckling Sandra Crenshaw, with the apparent consent of the forum's moderators and sponsors. Price, who is backing candidate James Fantroy, was seated with a number of relatives of former council member Al Lipscomb. Crenshaw repaired to an office in the Tommie Allen Recreation Center and dialed 911. When police arrived, debate organizers told them that a little heckling from the audience was permitted and that everything was under control. As Crenshaw put it later, "Everybody knows this was a set-up deal."
Candidate Sandra Crenshaw has the friends and organization to make her one of the front-runners in the race for the District 8 city council seat.
Candidate Sandra Crenshaw has the friends and organization to make her one of the front-runners in the race for the District 8 city council seat.

How did Lipscomb beat her last spring?

"Barbecue," she says. "He fed a lot of people on election day. I'm not throwing any barbecue parties."

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