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Visualizing The Dallas Mayoral Debates

By Matt Goodman, CBSDFW.COM
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Dallas mayoral candidates Mike Rawlings, David Kunkle, Ron Natinsky and Edward Okpa before debating one another at SMU on April 19, 2011.

Dallas mayoral candidates Mike Rawlings, David Kunkle, Ron Natinsky and Edward Okpa before debating one another at SMU on April 19, 2011.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Mayoral candidates Mike Rawlings, David Kunkle, Ron Natinsky and Edward Okpa discussed a range of issues surrounding the city Tuesday during a mayoral debate held at Southern Methodist University.

Moderated by CBS 11 anchor Doug Dunbar, the candidates answered a range of questions from a panel consisting of Steve Pickett, CBS 11 News reporter; Scott Braddock, KRLD 1080 mid-day co-host; Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas Morning News political reporter; and Jessica Huseman, political editor of the independent online newspaper The Daily Campus at SMU.

Posted below are video clips from the debate separated by category, which we welcome residents to view before voting on May 14.

Learn about the candidates’ thoughts on how to solve a looming budget shortfall, promote economic growth in South Dallas, how to pay for the Trinity River Project if federal funding falls through and how to fairly redraw council districts.

Also below we’ve posted a series of word clouds using Wordle.net culled from each candidate’s closing comments, which are viewable in their entirety as the last video. The word clouds give more emphasis to words each candidate repeated during the segment, visualizing their ideas in a different format. Click to enlarge.

Natinsky Word Cloud: 

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Dallas mayoral candidate Ron Natinskys closing statements during a debate on April 19, 2011 held at SMU

Kunkle Word Cloud: 

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Dallas mayoral candidate David Kunkles closing statement during a debate on April 19, 2011 at SMU.

Rawlings Word Cloud: 

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Dallas mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings closing statements in a debate held on April 19, 2011 at SMU.

Okpa Word Cloud: 

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Dallas mayoral candidate Edward Okpas closing statements in a debate held on April 19, 2011 at SMU.

On solving the budget shortfall: 

On how to handle education funding issues locally: 

On how to pay for the Trinity River Project if federal funds fall through: 

On attracting corporations to South Dallas: 

On fairly redrawing City Council districts: 

On making Dallas a ‘truly great American city': 

Closing remarks from each candidate: 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Two questions were not posted because of technical difficulties within the CBS 11 studios. Those were pertaining to making Dallas more welcome to the gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender community as well as the most pressing need in South Dallas. Those will each be added to this story in the coming days.

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