Goodbye for Now, Young Damarcus Offord

The Dallas Independent School District elections were held last weekend, and as we maybe should have known all along, Elizabeth Jones, Dan Micciche and Bernadette Nutall -- the candidates with tens of thousands of PAC dollars and personal endorsements from the Citizen -- blew out their competition.

The most interesting race, though not the closest, was between District 9 incumbent Bernadette Nutall and her 20-year-old challenger, Damarcus Offord.

Spurred by Nutall voting to close 11 schools and backed by southern Dallas activists Joyce Foreman and Juanita Wallace, not to mention the teachers union, the kid put up a fight. Fiery to the last, he dropped out of Navarro College, sparred with Nutall at every debate (except the D Magazine debate, where he choked more royally than anyone maybe has ever choked in the history of debates), pissed off John Wiley Price, chided The Dallas Morning News, filed an ethics complaint against a Mike Rawlinsg, maybe threatened a lot of people, took on almost $5,000 in debt and was overall just a great guy to call up on slow Tuesday afternoons.

But that's all over, which raises the question. Young Damarcus Offord: What the hell are you going to do now?

"I'm still gonna stay involved," Offord said over the phone, his voice noticeably more subdued. "I'm still going to go to board meetings, I'm still going to fight for the community, stay involved with my constituents. It's not over."

Offord says he called Nutall, briefly congratulating her on her May 12 trouncing. "I said she ran a good campaign. I'm gonna try to work closely with Bernadette." He then added, "her being our trustee, it's time to hold her accountable."

He plans on going back to finish his time at Navarro. To dig out of debt, his campaign's planning on throwing a "Pan-African connection" on May 27.

"They wanted Bernadette, I have nothing against that," he said. "But I'm gonna run again."

After all, DISD's just a stepping stone. He told Unfair Park months back he was going to be president one day. Today, we asked him if that's still on the cards.

"For the U.S.?" he asked. "Oh yeah. That's pretty much a done deal."

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Greg Howard