In HD-114, Newcomer Challenges Former Dallas Lawmaker

A former Democratic state representative who was swept out of office in the Republican wave of 2010 is again vying for a House seat in a redrawn Dallas-area district. Carol Kent, a Democrat with a 20-year career in higher education, is facing off against Republican Jason Villalba, a Hispanic lawyer and first-time political candidate who is being touted statewide by members of his party.

In House District 114, which includes North Dallas, Preston Hollow and Lake Highlands, the candidates say constituents are predominantly concerned with the $5.4 billion cut from public education during the last session, as well as ...

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