Say What You Will, Former City Council Member Carolyn Davis Loved South Dallas

Carolyn Davis could be cantankerous and combative in an irascible way that expressed her deep passion and heart for the South Dallas community that returned her to the City Council for four terms. Around the council horseshoe, she regularly reminded her colleagues of how her district seemed to get the short end of city resources and that she wouldn’t sit quietly. Her advocacy wasn’t always gentle — sometimes even less effective than it could have been — but neither her friends nor critics could question that she wanted the best for South Dallas. And this is why her death at age 57 in a violent traffic crash with a suspected drunken driver on Monday is a Shakespearean tragedy of sorts. She was a child of South Dallas who rose up to give voice to her district only to fall from grace after she left office. At the time of her death, Davis was awaiting sentencing on federal corruption charges.  Continue reading...

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