As he explained to us a couple weeks ago, Chad Lasseter has some grand ideas, including moving the Texas Rangers to either Fair Park or West Dallas and providing free Wi-Fi downtown. He also disagrees with District 14 council member Angela Hunt on a handful of issues, such as her votes to raise property taxes and implement a new Planned Development District for Lower Greenville. That's why he's challenging Hunt, along with three other potential candidates. (Only James Nowlin has officially filed thus far.)
In a statement e-mailed to us yesterday, Lasseter took his criticism of the incumbent council member one step further, claiming she made "a gargantuan error" when she left last week's council meeting during ex-Mayor Tom Leppert's resignation announcement.
"Council Member Hunt embarrassed our entire city by her actions and hurt us by her vote to raise property taxes," Lasseter said in the press release, which can be found after the jump.
Hunt offered no comment when reached by Unfair Park last night.
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Last week during Mayor Leppert's farewell address Council Member Angela Hunt, who represents District 14, stood up and walked out according to a story in the "The Dallas Morning News".
"I was stunned by Council Member Hunt's behavior. I think it's shameful to act this way towards the Mayor of Dallas. I am sure she was embarrassed and regrets the vote she cast to raise property taxes on the hardworking citizens of Dallas that Mayor Leppert referred to in his remarks. That clearly was a gargantuan error and will set Dallas back instead of moving us forward," said Chad Lasseter, a candidate for Dallas City Council District 14.
Lasseter also said, "We need leaders to act mature and responsible. We need more civility at City Hall. This is just the kind of divisive politics we can't afford in our city. Council Member Hunt embarrassed our entire city by her actions and hurt us by her vote to raise property taxes. If elected, I pledge to be more responsible to the citizens of District 14 by growing our economy with jobs, not growing government with more taxes. Additionally, I pledge to serve the office with dignity and be respectful of others at City Hall."
District 14 includes parts of Turtle Creek, Uptown, East Dallas, the M Streets, Oaklawn and Bluffview. Chad Lasseter, 37, a businessman and resident of the Hollywood Heights neighborhood, was born and raised in Dallas County and earned his BA degree at the University of Texas at Dallas.