Incumbent Theresa Daniel clinches Democratic nomination for District 1 Dallas County Commissioner

Incumbent Dallas County commissioner Theresa Daniel faces challenger Zachariah Manning in the March 3 primary. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Incumbent Dallas County commissioner Theresa Daniel faces challenger Zachariah Manning in the March 3 primary. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Incumbent Dallas County commissioner Theresa Daniel faces challenger Zachariah Manning in the March 3 primary. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Incumbent Dallas County Commissioner Theresa Daniel has emerged as the winner of the March 3 Democratic primary.

Daniel maintained a significant lead over challenger Zachariah Manning throughout the night. In the end, she managed to secure 76% of the vote.



Daniel was elected in 2012 to represent District 1 and is looking at a third, four-year term in office if she is successful in November. District 1 includes parts of Dallas, Mesquite, Garland and Richardson.

Since being elected to the commissioners court, Daniel has advocated for improved mental health services, transitional housing for special-needs residents, and increased funding for clean air programs. She has a background in public policy and administration and has worked as U.S. Congressional staff member, according to her online biography.


Manning’s campaign centers on his commitment to protect taxpayer dollars against fraud and misuse. According to Dallas County court records, the real estate broker filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Dallas Independent School District in 2017 after he said he was fired for reporting the district’s alleged mishandling of public funds to the state auditor’s office.

Whoever wins tonight’s primary will face Republican Patrick Harden in the general election on Nov. 3.

According to his website, Patrick has worked in education and conflict resolution. Similar to Manning, Harden’s campaign focuses on preventing the irresponsible handling of taxpayer dollars as well as combating crime and homelessness.

For more DFW election results, click here.

Editor's note: This story will be updated as results become available.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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