Prior to studying law, DC was already a holistic intellectual and life-long student with broad interests and aptitudes divided into a few different categories. If you would like to support the campaign, donations are accepted at http://mkt.com/dcss or http://mkt.com/danielcaldwell
Issues and Agenda Items:
DC does not want to be someone you only hear from when he needs to fund-raise or get your vote.
As his Texas Southern University classmates can attest, he is friendly and outgoing even when his only agenda is to make the world a happier place, participating in freehugscampaign.org and other community outreach.
Outside of his years in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at TSU, most people who have heard of DC know him as that guy whose event was cancelled by the university president to end a Black Lives Matter protest.
Sadly, both BLM and the guest speaker were silenced last October.
DC previously ran for election to be a trustee for the Austin Community College District who had been unopposed in 2013.
There has not been a general election challenger for either JP court, "the people's court," in Precinct 7 since 1996, more than 20 years ago.
As a matter of principle, DC is running now because he does not believe people should be given up on as a lost cause, and he is willing to run to make the JP-7 race a real election for the first time in decades.
DC fundamentally believes there is always room for improvement, and he saw ways to make the experience of those who go to the court better within minutes of arriving at the court.
Besides moving the court to the vacant suites on the ground floor to make "open court" a real concept, many courts share the problem of the judge taking a full-time salary yet treating their office like a part-time job.
As a teacher, DC had regularly put in 60+ hour weeks, and he could gladly improve on how the court is being run just by being present when sought.
When DC tried to pass his suggestions to the judge or the supervising clerk, neither could be found, not that day nor the next weekday when he was able to make a trip.
When DC did meet the sitting judge at a fund-raiser, she brushed off his suggestions on the basis that she is retiring soon and not making any changes this year.
The court should have accessible reception where the public can reach them on the street level.
In addition, for those appearing in the precinct 7 court who struggle to verbally communicate in English, DC speaks Spanish and studied basic ASL, French, and German.
On a college-student budget, DC has remained below the $500 threshold for reporting, so he has to have a grassroots campaign, talking to people individually everywhere he goes, taking the bus and train as often as possible.
In contrast, his opponent has reported over $80,000 in campaign expenditures, including some $30,000 of her own money.
DC does not see how this her supporters can honestly boast that this aspiring dynasty "is a modern-day African American trailblazer running for Harris County Justice of the Peace" (Saturday, February 3, 2018).
As a daughter of the retiring incumbent, she is just following behind mom.
DC asked her, "What do you plan to do different to improve how the court is managed?"
Can you guess her response? "Not a thing." (Monday, July 9, 2018).
If anything, she represents the "business-as-usual" establishment.
In retrospect, this makes DC both the liberal progressive and the constitutional conservative in this race.
DISCLAIMER - 26 August 2018
I have not made regular edits to this page since most of my internet social networking activity has been on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Building communities - DC earned the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Award as a teenager living in Utah. Then, DC was also recognized for outstanding contributions to the community as a Georgia Scholar and National Merit Scholar at his high school graduation. Coming from a family with nurses and doctors, DC's long-term goals include improving public health through physical fitness and recreation.
Civil service - DC would like to correct regulatory excesses with a policy philosophy of Keep It Short & Simple. As a former military volunteer in the Texas State Guard and a clerk with non-profit, government, and social organizations, DC understands the role that strict regulations play in impairing--even handicapping--the ability of individuals, companies, and agencies to fill needs in the society they are intended to protect.
Education - DC taught high school geometry and precalculus in a high-need district, and DC genuinely enjoys helping others learn and grow to reach SMART goals. DC is licensed in early childhood special education, ESL, general elementary, and secondary math and science subject areas.
Infrastructure - With a Civil Engineering degree, DC's interest had been in project permitting to facilitate implementing high quality of life standards for the greatest number possible. DC is an American by birth and a Texan by choice.
Specialties: DC's current certifications include:
- Texas Board of Professional Engineers – Civil EIT (Engineer In Training) 40297
- Texas Education Administration – Certified Educator 1465537
- Texas Secretary of State – Commissioned Notary Public 129992016
In addition to the Social Stream links, DC can be found at http://mormon.org/me/1v2d, danieljcaldwell.webs.com, twitter.com/dcaldwelltexas, danieljcaldwell.wordpress.com, and by typing his name, Daniel Caldwell, into a search engine (such as google, bing, or yahoo) along with Houston.
GOVERNMENT SERVICES -
Hot button complaints I heard in Dallas included delays in repairing/filling major potholes on public roads that cause damage to vehicles that run over them and possible injuries to passengers. Even riding bicycle I have been in accidents because of un-maintained sidewalks, so I physically shared the pain of . The city does not fix such problems until they are reported by calling 3-1-1 from your phone or going online at . Since many people do not know this information, I believe that appropriate steps by the city council include a public awareness campaign including brief instructions for reporting problems in the city council newsletters and on signs with the 311 number along major roads.
People are also passionate about their pets, of course, and some want me to expand Dallas Animal Services to more actively seek out families to adopt rather than kill unclaimed creatures. For that, I am surprised to see that the Dallas Zoo is not on the list of partners, and I believe that keeping some there would provide an excellent venue for finding them new homes with zoo visitors and guests.
6 May 2015 - City operates in silos of isolated information where departments do not correspond with each other. The dysfunctional reality with the Police Department involves neighborhood watch meetings that are supposedly public but which the divisions keep secret. After much inquiry, I was told by the Chief of Police that a calendar or list of Dallas PD sponsored crime watch meetings would take 20 business days to produce.
As a civil engineering graduate, I understand the importance of building and maintaining a healthy infrastructure, and rather than borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for every project proposed, this includes being selective about where to spend the money optimally for efficient use of taxes to actually add value. I am not a fan of toll roads whose design and material supply are largely outsourced to European companies that charge extra to import prefabricated steel beams.
6 May 2015 - I have proposed that, using cost estimates provided by TxDoT, eleven on/off ramps along southbound IH-35E between Regal Row and Victory Avenue/Hi Line could be re-configured for under $200,000 in order to provide congestion relief by effectively letting the service road function as an additional 2 lanes of freeway without major construction.
You probably felt them, and the sentiment seems to be that they are increasing soil settlement which is leading to physical property damage, and that blame belongs to the companies that were fracking for oil in Irving near the old Cowboys stadium. My position here is that the city attorney should be instructed to advocate seeking compensatory damages set aside in a trust fund on behalf of residents affected for a class action lawsuit in state or federal court, since the city does not have direct jurisdiction. However, to do so, I believe the City of Irving would also have to join suit as a co-plaintiff. The parties would then have to agree on which firm or agency to retain as lead counsel for the case. If there are other actions that may be taken, I am happy to listen to those suggestions.
HOUSING - 6 May 2015
I have asserted for quite some time that the mainly industrial-only core of District 6 be re-zoned to allow mixed and residential use. While the mayor can brag that Retail and Residential vacancies in the city are at nearly all-time lows, this is only because huge swaths of vacant commercial property are prohibited from being used, which I assert makes his claims less valid and accurate. We need to simplify our zoning codes to be less restrictive.
PARKS & PUBLIC HEALTH - 28-Jan-2015
Today in the City Council meeting, the main issues discussed were increasing the funding to pick up litter and empty trash containers at city parks (which I believe community organizations should be asked to help with rather than the city outsourcing it to Good Earth Inc. for tens of millions of dollars a year) and adding $53,000/year to that for the Parks department to implement a system just for counting park users (which I would have opposed).
Afterwards, comment was taken on a previously deferred motion to spend another million dollars to keep adding fluoride to the city water (which I oppose).
Several of the West Dallas residents I spoke with complained that parks do not have pavilions or running water for a drinking fountain or sanitation facilities with a toilet. I also propose that having a sign for Bachman Lake Park before the Harry Hines exit from northbound IH-35E would make more people aware of the park we have which really provides more amenities than White Rock Lake despite being smaller and relatively unknown.
TRINITY TOLL ROAD - 9 March 2015
This project would cost the city more than half its annual budget in initial outlays and not provide comparable value to return the investment.
I stand with several other candidates, and a few office holders, to oppose the spoilage of the river which would result because this project was given a special exception from environmental standards.
The first major issue that personally motivated me to run for city council is seeing the city's homelessness problem. Anyone spending more than a few minutes downtown will be approached in short order by somebody smoking a cigarette and asking for a couple dollars for food, a DART ticket, a place to sleep because the shelter does not admit people after a certain time, or to support their habit. How do we best help them get off the street? Make a better place for them to go.
I have been to the Bridge to see what it is like and why they do not go there, and it was not a pleasant experience. With the 2+ hour intake time between filling out a lengthy packet and waiting (where they shred your paperwork immediately if you are in the bathroom when your name is called), it is understandable that many people would rather sleep on the street than deal with the bureaucratic headache. Besides, when they are told to be there by 4pm to get a bed for the night, that means they cannot work any job or attempt to market whatever skills they do have in the afternoon/evening if it might conflict with being there after that time. The sacrifice of freedom is more than many are willing to pay.
This impacts the rest of the city with itinerants looking for another place to hustle or make a quick buck even if it means crime. Furthermore, the vagrants deter development and growth. My basic proposal is to hire a few extra staff to enable 24-hour processing and to shorten the check-in time following the model of the Haven for Hope in San Antonio.
Another related issue I want to improve is reducing the 60-day wait period between when an application window closes and when applicants can even sit for the written/multiple-choice civil service examination(s), which is a deterrent to many highly qualified, interested, and available applicants even applying. We can and should accelerate the hiring selection process.