17-Year-Old Running For Dallas City Council

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.


One Comment

  1. Glenn says:

    Go for it….can not hurt. Dallas is big city….but get ready for the Good Ol’ Boy politics. Might be an eye opener for him.

  2. Richard Lujan says:

    I wish he was running against Angela Hunt in District 14. He probably would not have VOTED TO RAISE OUR TAXES LIKE ANGELA HUNT DID!!!

  3. A.L. Kolpien, Playwriter says:

    Get a website first and don’t expect the Belo boys to endorse your platform.

  4. Lowtolerance says:

    Some body tell this kid he’s 13 years away from having a friggin clue. Please. Before he’s ruined.

  5. johnnywishbone says:

    17 years old and clueless…..some of you think its great that he is running but the fact is the kid, and thats what he is, isn’t qualified for the position because he lacks the life experience and education to make complex important decisions about issues that impact the population of a large city.

    1. DD says:

      Seriously? How shallow and uneducated. He may be teh breath of fresh air, untainted by silly adults and their comments we need. He sure COULD NOT DO ANY WORSE! YOU GO!!!!!

  6. Rick McDaniel says:

    We don’t need kids running for office.

    We also don’t need people running for office, for personal gain.

    We need some good, decent people, who are able to assume governmental roles, who will work for all of the people…….and not just one ethnic group of people.

    1. DD says:

      Are you saying he is not decent? Maybe he is a good, decent person! There are more foot in the mouth comments on this blog…I am ashamed people are showing how uneducated and closed-minded they are. And the people who are there now are so wonderful……..

  7. PR Steele says:

    Look at what’s running the Dallas city council now.
    He may act more mature then what sit’s on the council now.
    Also so he has no axe to grind – againts anyone in the city.
    His reason is not about personnel profit, that would be a new start in this city council.
    He could teach the bunch in office now, on how to act mature.

  8. Angela Phillips says:

    I’m glad to see another young person who cares about city politics run for Dallas City Council! I was the first 17 year old in 2007 to run for Dallas City Council in District 3 and it was one of the best things i’ve ever done. The United States should encourage an awareness and interest in national and local politics for youth. Youth are the future of this nation and we should be allowed to exercise our rights as citizens of this great nation without prejudice to our age. Have some faith and show commitment to the future.

  9. Jameson Bently says:

    Its funny how many people say this kid’s idea isn’t a good one simply because he’s “not educated enough” or lacks some necessary, acquired skill that, evidently, you obtain only after you stop looking young. I’ve got news for you, above commenters. Seldom do ANY politicians have good education, or rather, use it with some damned common sense. Secondly, he has yet to be corrupted like all other politicians, so why not see what pure blood does in the ring? Third, he IS capable of holding a government office, Rick, or the age limit wouldn’t be 18. If he’s old enough to fight and die for his country and express his opinions in vote, he’s old enough to represent the wants of others. This new face might be what the city of Dallas needs, a non-corrupt REPRESENTATIVE, who represents, rather than doing what all other adult politicians do and putting their entire districts vote toward whichever idea payed them the most bribe money…

  10. Lynne says:

    My hats off to any young person who demonstrates your innovated and political approach. Sir, you are a breath of fresh air. Keep you the good work. Run Robert Run!!

  11. Lynne says:

    correction – Keep up the good work. Run Robert Run!!!

  12. MIke Beard says:

    When I met you in CERT, I had no idea you were running for Dallas City Council. WOW, if you will work as hard as you did in class for Dallas City Council, then look out Dallas. Your dedication and hard work shows true leadership quality’s. I am proud to have worked with you, and I look forward to working with you again. Thank you for caring enough to make a difference.

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