The Woman Who Wants to Replace Dickey

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Speaking of the Dallas County Commissioners Court (or at least I was, to myself, since you're probably doing something far better with your last holiday-break day off) ...

Late last night Cecile Fernandez sent word that she wants to replace back-to-BBQ Maurine Dickey as the commissioner for the new-look District 1. Which we already knew: Fernandez, who also goes by Cecile Newberry-Fernandez, had officially filed a few weeks back, along with Larry Miller (though, sadly, not this Larry Miller). And there was this note in November: Fernandez told Channel 11 she doesn't much care for commissioners court rules that demand you give your home address and phone number before speaking -- a rule that's been in place for a long while. Bud Gillett asked if she was raising her concern now because she's running for county commissioner, to which she replied: "I've been a patriot for a long time, and I think free elections and free speech are important."

Speaking of, first time we ever mentioned Fernandez was in February, back during that whole dust-up over County Judge Clay Jenkins and JWP's maneuvering to oust longtime County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet. Fernandez -- who Sam described at the time as "a Republican fund-raiser and consultant [and] former community outreach coordinator for Commissioner Maurine Dickey" -- was among those trying to pressure Jenkins into explaining the move to replace Sherbet with Toni Pippens-Poole. She wrote a lengthy piece about Jenkins and Price and Sherbet, which included the line: "Using Jenkins as the puppet that he has proved himself to be, Price is attempting to all but shut down any recourse from the public."

Now she wants to take Dickey's role as Price's chief antagonist, insisting in last night's email:
"In the new District 1, the split between Republican and Democrat voters in the 2010 elections was very close to 50/50, with the Democrats barely receiving a majority of the vote. I am confident that the recent and ongoing FBI investigations, indictments, and corruption trials of so many Democratic elected officials in Dallas County is going to result in a victory for Republicans county-wide in 2012. Dallas County voters have had enough and are demanding a change."

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 Change Needed
Change Needed

Cecile has a blue collar, lower middle class background--just like most of us.  She worked her way through college, and did well in the private sector, working her way up in Dickey's by being not just competent, but very good.  Enough so that she was noticed by the owners and promoted to leadership positions, ultimately being asked to work for Comm. Dickey, which is why she left the company.  She is fairly young and this is her first run for public office, so of course her resume reflects that.  She is serious, humble, and knows how to prioritize.  Very fair minded, and not connected to big-money or big business--which I consider a plus.  In other words, exactly the kind of citizen to represent the eastern part of Dallas county.

Cecile WHO?
Cecile WHO?

I've read the DMN Blog on her and apparently she works or has worked for the Dickey's as a VP of various things. The blog does not say how long she had worked there, and her own website never mentions having been Maurine Dickey's employee, and I find this lack of transparency now even more disturbing.

Robert, it's time to ask for a true resume - let's see if you can get one - that details her entire professional career.

guess
guess

Look, i'm not her, but I just think she's like super awesome like! Don't y'all just like think the same? I mean she's just like super patriotic and like super a republican...and all she wants to do is like super awesome, patriotic things for us! 

Come'on Cowboys
Come'on Cowboys

At least one person in Dallas County cares about doing something about corruption.  No one else in office is apparently doing anything about it.

Guest
Guest

I just read through the various posts on this article.  My reaction was that these comments must be coming from very irrational and immature people.  Then I read through them again and wondered why anyone would leave such comments except to show little they actually pay attention to what is going on in Dallas County.  It takes a lot of courage to run for public office and I hope that this race will be about the issues.

lovingThebigD
lovingThebigD

Sometimes it takes a newcomer to make the much needed changes. Cecile, thanks for your public service. Keep it up.

guess
guess

So, if i've had enough I should vote Republican??? I believe the Mayans were off by a few months!

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

I'm kind of confused by her website, but seeing that she is a Republican, saying confusing things doesn't suprise me. 

"Bringing transparency, integrity and accountability back to Dallas County." To bring this back to Dallas County and ultimately District 1 you must first admit that there is no pressence of it with the current Commissioner (Dickey).

"It seems that every week there is another embarrassing news story about the Dallas County Commissioners Court.  A County Commissioner and his staff are being investigated by the FBI, questions have arisen about elections integrity, and the firing of whistle-blower county employees have all shaken the public’s confidence in Dallas County government.  Sweetheart deals to cronies of elected officials and accusations of shakedowns have deterred major businesses from relocating to Dallas County and bringing much needed jobs.  Dallas County government is in the hands of irresponsible individuals who are using it as their own personal playground. The people of Dallas County have had enough."

She talks as if she is running against JWP or something.  Or if she can control anything outside of District 1.  There is nothing that she can do that can do on the court that can change District 3 or its representation. I'm sure she claims it to be a problem how JWP controls the court but is seems as if she is trying to do the same thing...

Again, this doesn't suprise me though...

Ed D.
Ed D.

Her website has a handy "Endorsements" tab... but no endorsements, just a convenient webform where you can submit your own heartfelt endorsement

http://www.cecilefernandez.com...

Gardeners61
Gardeners61

Her sign out to say, "Had Enough, Vote for Anybody But a Republican!"

Monkeybad
Monkeybad

Shut up avi. Go back to doing whatever it is you do that no one cares about. You have nothing else to do now that Greenville has changed. Xxxxxxxx

Avi S. Adelman
Avi S. Adelman

Commie Neighborhood Activist??? Damn, could Muffy talking about me??? That's a label even I could not have created...

The Derelict
The Derelict

i know a black guy that use to tap that ass and knocked the bottom out of it consistently.  As Leon would say 'i brings the ruckus'

Cecile WHO?
Cecile WHO?

Who is this woman? 

As a long-time Republican I never heard of her until she started blogging ad nauseum on the GOP website and started to be a loud mouth at Commissioners meetings. Please give us her background and do a little digging. Her website gives me little info on her background. I remember the day when a candidate had to be successful at something - more than being a loud mouth. It's a really sad day if this is the best my party can do.

Cecile WHO?
Cecile WHO?

Why will no one give the specifics? Change Needed, this is a very nice little response, and she may very well be the candidate to support in the Republican Primary. You obviously know her. I beg you, tell her to walk in the sun. Give complete details with dates. If someone does not do this it will bite her in the butt politically. Certainly y'all can see the down-side of not being completely open about this. What she - and you - have given us says to me she is a well-meaning, committed activist, but a real light-weight. Whomever is handling her better reconsider how they are positioning her. 

Mdickey123
Mdickey123

Cecile worked for Commissioner Dickey as a community outreach coordinator during the time she was working on her MBA nights and weekends at UTD until she graduated.

Cecile came to work for Dickeys Corporate offices in the mid-1990's when she first moved to Dallas.  She excelled in her work there and helped lauch the company's franchise program at that time.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

That's so unfair.  Increasing it is doing something about it.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

and you have now added so much to the thread...

Mdickey123
Mdickey123

Cecile can hardly control the JWP dominated Court.  However, she can be a watch dog and speak up when she sees corruption and public tax money misused.  If there is not someone on the Court who is willing to do this, Dallas County will be in blinders.

Taxpayer

WHO?
WHO?

Can you say, PAYCHECK?

Montemalone
Montemalone

Does Commie refer to the neighborhood, the activist, or both?

Freelyspeak
Freelyspeak

As a long time Republican then you are truly lost if you don't know who Cecile is.... it is a sad day for those that claim to be involved but have not looked up outside their box.   Cecile is an amazing dynamic candidate that has been extremely active in the Party.  Various speaking engagements to several clubs and has been a citizen watchdog over the Commissoner's Court over the last year.

Muffy Hyphenatrix
Muffy Hyphenatrix

Hey, RINO scum, I'm a patriot.  I am a small business owner and have worked for unspecified large and small corporations as well as a nonprofit (don't worry, not one of those liberal ones).  I live on Lower Greenville, but don't worry, I am no commie neighborhood activist.  Did I mention I am a patriot?

Change Needed
Change Needed

Cecile who--just how heavy of a resume do you think is required for this position?  Looking at the other sitting commissioners (or candidates from either side) why do you see her as under-qualified?  Consider the mandate/responsibilities of the County--basically to supervise the Parkland board, maintain roads and bridges in the unincorporated parts of the county (not a big part of Dallas, and non-existent in the 1st District), and run the election board and county health.  She has had budget responsibility in the private sector, although not line/operations (at Dickey's).  The commissioner board should function as a BoD for the county, so line responsibility isn't critical.  Prudence, fiscal discipline is.   She has both of those.  The central problem at the County right now is corruption, and spending on programs that aren't really the responsibility of county government and that we can't afford.  I believe Cecile will work hard on correcting those issues.

I don't really understand why you think she isn't being transparent.  She's given her full background.  What other politicians give dates on their resumes?

I do know Cecile, and am a fan.  She is a centrist, and is very inclusive.  She will fit very well is a representative of east Dallas.

Jason
Jason

I love this response!  It says so much about Republican politics.  Instead of simply responding to a fellow Republican about a politician, you choose words that are pretty harsh.  For some, following politics full time.  For others, who might be dealing with a lot of other things in their life, they get to learning about candidates once they are introduced to the voters.  It seems to me that you missed a chance on simply educating the original poster about who Cecile actually is.  Instead, you tell this person that they have not "looked up outside their box."

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

You know, generally when "Party" is capitalized like that, it's not the GOP that the speaker is referring to, comrade.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

whoa, are you sure you want to come blog bashing like that?  For people who may not know you, I dont think running around calling people scum gives a very good first impression

guestymcguestason
guestymcguestason

Seriously.........color is actually not too bad in the website (the blonde is awful),but that cut..............

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I was duped, heaven forbid that I didnt go google or look in urban dictionary for the meaning of ms. hypenatrix name.  jeez.  Glad you traded ALL your self respect in  to post with me.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

yeah, figured that one out after I got the 2nd reply in my inbox.  I guees the great RW removed the comment.  Oh well, see what happens when you go DO dry dock for 4 days, I fell off my game. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

WTF?  Merkie is great, but, you sir, uhhhh, ahhhh, are, weird?

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Really, Scotts ? of Merkin fame http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M... ? You are worried about first impressions ?I traded in all my self respect decency and a 1/2 price gift card just to be able  post along side such greatness as your self Clearly  Muffy Hyphenatrix comes to this place with Honor and Integrity .Not to mention a cool handle like yours and way beyond my own Lame Oak Cliff Townie.

Besides where would we be with out Hyphenatrix  ?Great on those itches you just cant scratch in public .

 

Cecile WHO?
Cecile WHO?

I don't think that's really her replying, ScottsMerkin, just repeating what is on her website. My point is her bio on the website is very vague without specifics. I find this lack of transparency troubling and, mostly likely an indication of a rather thin resume.

Muffy Hyphenatrix
Muffy Hyphenatrix

I am a patriot.  I am a small business owner, and have worked for unspecified large and small corporations as well as a nonprofit.  I was told this was sufficient, and that I would get to be a County Commissioner if I repeated these things, and sat at a table watching people vote enough times.  They told me I'm a 9.5 chub hot, but I don't know what that means.  I am also a leader, I left that part out.  Patriot.  Leader.  Vote.  Me.  Yes.  So, Mr. Merkin (I looked it up and it's filthy), I am not sure what you don't understand about my reaction to this RINO.  This is what we patriots must do--flush out those who do not appreciate freedom, who throw in with the hippies and mock our founding fathers.

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