Dunn filed on April 4 to run for the Third Ward seat, but a challenge revealed he had voted giving his First Ward business address and only changed to his parents' Third Ward address on the filing date itself. A requirement to run for a council seat is one year's residency in the ward the candidate wants to represent. After a hearing, his petitions were declared null and void, leaving Charles McRae and Alma Blanco as Third Ward candidates.
Blanco chose to base her campaign at first on support for Police Lt. Ken Reid, who was facing an internal disciplinary action. Even though no details could be made public, supporters rallied for Reid in public comment at City Council meetings and public events. A Spanish-language newspaper with a blaring headline, "Tears for Lt. Reid" had a cover photo of a prayer vigil for Reid but no story inside. It was passed out at the end of a council meeting where incumbent Third Ward Councilwoman Gloria Taylor called for a council investigation of the police division, based on Reid's situation.
It wasn't until Mayor Adrian O. Mapp revealed that five officers - three white and two black - were facing disciplinary action in the Reid case, contrary to Taylor's allegations of racial discrimination against Reid, that Blanco and others fell silent on the matter.
It was ill-considered from the beginning for a prospective council member to meddle in an internal police matter and to elicit emotional reactions from others in the absence of facts in the case. Officials could not properly reveal details to the public without violating the rights of all involved.
Robinson-Briggs herself took part in the outcry, even though as a former mayor she should have known better. She came to the microphone at a public meeting with a basket of candy on her arm, a trademark of her tenure in City Hall.
Reid, second from leftReid had served as one of two bodyguards she used for a time and was one of her earliest supporters in 2005.
Robinson-Briggs filed as an independent on June 7, the same day that voters rejected Blanco for the Third Ward seat and incumbent Tracey Brown for the Citywide at-large seat.. Going into the Nov. 8 general election campaign, Councilwoman Rebecca Williams is now unopposed for the Citywide at-large seat and Robinson-Briggs will be running for Third Ward seat off the line against Democratic Party choice Charles McRae.