On June 18 voters will decide the winner of the District 4 Fort Worth ISD school board runoff race between Dr. Brian Dixon and Wallace Bridges.

Voters are deciding which candidate will replace Daphne Brookins, who died of COVID-19 in November, and represent District 4 on the board. 

Election Day voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and voters can cast ballots at polling locations across the county. To find your closest polling location, click here.

Early voting in Tarrant County ended June 14 and 8,896 ballots were cast. How many of those are in the school board race is not certain, those results will not be available until Saturday night.

To follow live election coverage, follow education reporter Kristen Barton on Twitter at @kristenjobarton and our Election Central page.

Background

In the May election, Dixon had the most votes with 701. Bridges earned 548.

The third candidate, Trischelle Strong, who received 228 votes, endorsed Bridges after the initial race.  

On the campaign trail, the two remaining candidates clashed over Dixon’s residency. Bridges contends Dixon lives in Crowley ISD — where he co-owns a home, according to the Tarrant Appraisal District website — but Dixon filed to run with the address of 1109 E. Leuda St., which is in Fort Worth ISD. He told the Report he lives at the address and has a lease with the owner.

But Dixon claims his homestead exemption on a property at 1104 E. Leuda St. When the Report visited both 1104 and 1109 E. Leuda St. homes, someone else lived there. Property owners cannot claim a homestead exemption on a home that is not their primary residence, Tarrant Appraisal District Executive Director Jeff Law confirmed April 21.

On Jun 17, Law told the Report that the exemptions department sent a re-application letter to Dixon to re-evaluate his homestead eligibility. 

Dixon did not respond to the letter. The department sent him an intent to cancel letter, which will effectively remove his homestead exemption, Law said. Dixon has a property tax consultant on file, so the letter on cancellation will be sent to the consultant, Law said.

Dixon is allowed 30 days to protest the cancellation of the exemption, Law said. If he chooses to do so, he will get an Appraisal Review Board hearing date and will be allowed to argue his reasons to keep the exemption.


Kristen Barton is an education reporter for the Fort Worth Report. Contact her at kristen.barton@fortworthreport.org. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Kristen Barton

Kristen Barton is an education reporter for the Fort Worth Report. She has previous experience in education reporting for her hometown paper, the Longview News-Journal and her college paper, The Daily...