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17-Year-Old Running For Dallas City Council

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The City of Dallas seal on displays outside a wall at Dallas City Hall. (credit: Matt Goodman/KTVT/KTXA)

The City of Dallas seal on displays outside a wall at Dallas City Hall. (credit: Matt Goodman/KTVT/KTXA)

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DALLAS (KRLD) – He’s hasn’t been driving for very long, is an aspiring meteorologist, and is now running for the Dallas City Council. That’s right – 17-year-old Robert Foster has thrown his hat in the ring for the District 9 seat.

The young politician-want-to-be has a number of things he’d like to accomplish, so he’s decided to try working from within the system. “I thought it would be neat. I thought it was a good idea to run and I’ve always had an interest in politics,” Foster said.

The teenager, who is home-schooled, says he wants to work on city diversity and clean up the city, by clearing up the red tape to enforce city code. “You call code [enforcement] about that, code says it’s a police problem. Police say it’s a code problem,” Foster said frustrated. “So, whose job is it really to enforce it?”

Foster also wants to clean up the area around White Rock Lake… especially one place next to his home. “There’s been a house that’s sitting right next door for over 20 years, that the city cannot touch because of all the red tape,” he explained. “It’s boarded up, there’s been trespassers, there have been people stealing copper out of the house. The house is also dilapidated.”

While Foster says he’s for a number of proposals to make Dallas a better city, there’s one big budget item that he’s against – the convention city hotel. “It’s kinda like playing the lottery. If it works out well it could wind up being a real big jackpot. But if it doesn’t, well, then you’re at a loss,” he said.

Sheffie Kadane, who is 49 years Foster’s senior, currently occupies the District 9 seat.

You may be questioning how Foster could hold office at only 17-years-old. The answer – he can’t. But the optimistic teen will be 18-years-old by the time the election rolls around on May 14.

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