This was bound to happen, Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston says. Kingston has described the runoff for the council's District 10 seat as a twist on the prisoner's dilemma — a well worn example of game theory about how people decide whether to cooperate or screw one another over. In fact, it's probably more accurately described as a game of chicken. Before Wednesday, neither remaining candidate, Adam McGough or Paul Reyes, had expressed opposition to the big, honking version of the Trinity toll road known in geek circles as Alternative 3C.
District 10 candidate James White did, and although he entered race late and his campaign had little money, he received 23 percent of the votes in the first round. Sure, he didn't make the runoff, but nevertheless the clue phone was ringing for the pair who did. Wednesday morning, McGough answered it.
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“My vision for the future of Dallas includes a great park system that utilizes the natural resources already offered by the Trinity River. I believe the Dream Team’s charrette understands that vision that I and so many District 10 residents hold,” McGough said in a statement, referring to a team of experts appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings who came out against the toll road. “I have talked to thousands of residents in my district, and they overwhelmingly oppose a large toll road within the Trinity levees. Based on the opinions expressed to me from district residents, and the information available, I support moving forward with plans to implement the Dream Team’s charrette while taking the steps to withdraw Alternative 3C.”
White said he was excited about McGough's announcement, and after talking to McGough, White endorsed him Wednesday afternoon.
"During the course of my campaign for Dallas City Council, I focused on issues that were not only important to District 10, but critical to the future of our city. Adam’s decade of experience working to improve public safety, his commitment to our neighborhoods, and his support for withdrawing from federal consideration the Trinity Toll Road plan known as '3C,' make me confident that he is the best candidate to represent District 10 at City Hall. I proudly endorse Adam McGough,” White said in a press release.
Before McGough's announcement, District 10 was considered a pro-toll road district when it came to predicting where the next council will stand on the road. As of Wednesday, the count stands 6-5 against Alternative 3C with four runoffs pending.