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Atkins Comes in Last in This Month’s Dallas Derby

District 8 Council Member Tennell Atkins
District 8 Council Member Tennell Atkins | Image by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway

District 8 Council Member Tennell Atkins came in last in this month’s edition of the Dallas Derby, receiving the worst marks from his constituents for his effectiveness as a municipal representative.

Based on the results from The Dallas Express’ February “Rate Your Council Member” survey, Atkins’ residents appear very dissatisfied with his performance.

Respondents to the monthly survey are asked to rate their council members on a scale of 0-10 based on their performance in crime reduction, homelessness reduction, aggressive panhandling reduction, litter reduction and city cleanliness, street repairs and maintenance, and park maintenance and park cleanliness. Click here to read about how DX arrived at its rankings.

As previously reported by The Dallas Express, Council Member Cara Mendelsohn (District 12) won the Dallas Derby two months in a row, logging the best survey results out of all 14 Dallas City Council members.

Atkins received an overall score of 0.9 out of 10. His lowest scores were for his performance in the area of “litter reduction and city cleanliness.” He averaged a zero. He also got extremely low scores in the areas of homelessness reduction and street repairs, for which he averaged 0.3 out of 10.

He did not do much better in the area of reducing aggressive panhandling. Surveyed residents in the district awarded him a 0.5 out of 10 on that front. For crime reduction, Atkins got a 0.7 out of 10.

The highest marks he received were for park maintenance and cleanliness, in which he averaged 3.3 out of 10.

The Dallas Express reached out to Council Member Atkins for comment regarding his performance on February’s survey but did not receive a response prior to publication.

If you are a Dallas resident, please click here to take March’s “Rate Your Council Member” survey so your Dallas City Council members know how you feel about their performance. Also, be sure to spread the word and refer a friend who lives in Dallas.

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