It’s been eight years since Lake Highlands and Hamilton Park elected someone new to represent District 10 on the Dallas City Council, but 2023 will bring a fresh face to LH’s seat around the horseshoe. Council members are limited to four consecutive terms of two years each, so Adam McGough will pass the baton after voters go to the polls this May.
So far, three candidates have announced their intention to run: Sirrano Keith Baldeo, Brian Hasenbauer and Kathy Stewart (in alpha order).
Baldeo publishes Dallas Pulse News and Opinions, an online newspaper. He ran against incumbent McGough in 2019 and 2021, earning less than 10% of the vote each time. He often visits and records city council, school board and committee meetings, pledging to root out public corruption and expose ineffective and/or disreputable elected officials.
“Don’t live as though there is no corruption at Dallas City Hall because it does not affect you,” he wrote on Facebook. “Eventually it will. That’s why I’m here.”
Baldeo is creator and president of Christian Heritage U.S. and began in January profiling “churches that are doing good in Dallas and highlighting why others should be doing more or what the Scriptures command them to do.” He began with a positive review of Hamilton Park UMC and their weekly efforts to feed the poor.
Hasenbauer has a background as a financial analyst and currently works as a marketing VP for Astanza Laser. At city hall he served on the Community Development Commission, chaired the HOME and Economic Development Committee and vice-chaired the Citizen Participation and Rules Committee. As a board member of the LH Chamber of Commerce he founded LH Restaurant Week, and he’s a passionate advocate for Lake Highlands trails. He’s a former president of Lake Highlands White Rock Democrats and co-president of Wallace Elementary Dad’s Club.
Hasenbauer participated in the 2023 Point in Time count of unsheltered persons, intended to help communities understand the extent of homelessness and advance workable solutions.
“Together, we can end homelessness in Dallas,” he wrote on Facebook. “It’s also an important reminder that in Dallas and Collin Counties, everybody counts.”
Stewart has served as executive director of public improvement districts (PIDs) in Lake Highlands and Uptown. In that role, she worked with officials from city hall, DPD, FBI, DEA and other agencies to increase public safety, and she hosted community events like Sundays in the Park, Trunk or Treat and the Teen Job Fair.
Stewart practiced law for 27 years and owned Highlands Café, which she operated in the current Cedar & Vine space. She chaired the LH Women’s League home tour luncheon and the steering committee for Wild for Cats. She’s been PTA president at LHHS, LHJH and WRE, and she served as president of the White Rock Valley Neighborhood Association.
“Through these leadership experiences, I learned how to serve the community,” Stewart wrote in a letter posted to Facebook. “Specifically, I learned to listen.”
The deadline to file as a candidate is Feb. 17. Election Day is May 6.