DeSoto Mayor Curtistene S. McCowan on Court Ruling Concerning Census Deadline

DeSoto Mayor Curtistene S. McCowan
DeSoto Mayor Curtistene S. McCowan

Photos Courtesy of the City of DeSoto 

The City of DeSoto has been committed to having every one of our residents counted for the 2020 US Census, so we were very concerned when the Census Bureau cut short the Census deadline by a month. The recent decision by a federal judge ordering 2020 Census counting nationwide to continue through October 31st was welcome news to DeSoto, but we understand that the administration is planning to appeal it.

DeSoto’s current self-response rate of 73.1 percent is better than the Texas state average of 62.0 percent, but anything short of a complete count will shortchange our residents for decades to come.

Census counts help determine where new schools, hospitals, fire stations, and even traffic safety projects are needed. It also impacts Congressional boundaries which determine who represents us in Washington. Without a complete count, we won’t receive the project funding or representation that we deserve in the future. 

Regardless of what happens in the courts, DeSoto needs to control our own destiny. If every household that has not yet completed their forms submits them today, it won’t make a difference when the deadline is.

Thank you to all who have already submitted their forms, and to those who haven’t, please step up and do the right thing for DeSoto’s future and our children’s future!

Group photo featuring (2nd from left/black t-shirt) a US Census Representative, (center, white t-shirt) DeSoto City Council Member and Chair of DeSoto’s Complete Count Committee Nicole Raphiel, and (far right/green polo shirt) DeSoto City Council Member Andre’ Byrd.

DeSoto Council Member and Complete Count Chair Nicole Raphiel discusses the count with the DeSoto Police Department’s “Wonder Woman,” officer Jessica Ryan.

An enthralled DeSoto resident and “Wonder Woman” are masked and try to keep a safe social distance while moving our Census count forward.

Council Member Andre’ Byrd literally stopped traffic on Beltline Road as he waved at motorists in an attempt to steer them towards the Census event. Byrd is well known in the community for his service as a council member and as Pastor of a Dallas Church, unintentionally slowed down quite a few fast moving cars when the drivers and passengers recognized him.

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