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Councilwoman Deborah Morris at City Hall

Important Announcement for District 2

Dear Friends,

It has been my joy these last two years to serve as your City Council Representative here in District 2. Today I am announcing that I will be running for re-election on May 2nd.

We’ve seen many positive changes in District 2 over the last two years, including significantly more road repairs and replacements, Downtown improvements, and the new Neighborhood Parking Enforcement Program which Garland residents have requested for a long time.

We’ve also seen significant improvements in the daily operations of the Animal Shelter, which despite its outdated condition now outperforms many so-called “no-kill” shelters, boasting an average live release rate of 90%+. The large new shelter funded in the 2019 Bond Election is currently in design and scheduled to break ground later this year.

In 2018 I led the initiative to aggressively tackle the longstanding problem of celebratory gunfire and illegal fireworks in our neighborhoods, including suggesting a dedicated holiday task force and the use of warning signs in advance of holidays. The new sign program piloted in District 2 was so successful over July 4th that it was expanded citywide this New Year’s Eve. Although we’re still a long way from “Mission Accomplished”, numerous neighborhoods throughout District 2 have reported great improvement.

I also led the initiative to take a more proactive approach in addressing the growing homeless population in Garland by coordinating City services with the many nonprofits which provide emergency resources, while at the same time supporting GPD’s enforcement of our laws to protect our residents and businesses. Our balanced approach has attracted the attention of neighboring cities who have followed our lead in initiating similar programs.

There’s a lot more work to be done. There are also a lot more improvements heading our way: the Central Park Playground, a generous new sidewalk program, Garland’s first Dog Park, new walking trails and other enhancements to District 2 parks, the $6M beautification of First Street, new median reflectors to brighten our streets at night, the Downtown Square redesign, and much, much more.

As always, I value the collective wisdom of this District. Please keep reaching out to me with your concerns and ideas about how we can work together to make Garland’s future even brighter.

Deborah Morris  
City Councilwoman, District 2
(214) 273-4387

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On 1/15/2020, Deborah formally filed to run for re-election to represent District 2 on the City Council, presenting nearly 4 times the number of signatures required for her ballot petition thanks to the support and generosity of District 2 residents.  

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