Paula C. Blackmon is a lifelong Texan, growing up in the small west Texas town of Snyder, attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in International Economics, before becoming a resident of East Dallas where she has remained for over 28 years.
Paula and her husband, Barry, a Dallas architect, have three boys; Aaron, a Texas Tech graduate who now coaches Saint Thomas Aquinas JV football and works for Lockheed Martin; Evan, a graduate from Woodrow Wilson and currently lives in Ireland where he attends school and plays basketball; and Reid a recent Woodrow Wilson graduate who is now a freshman at the University of Arkansas.
Paula is currently completing her third term on the Dallas City Council. During her previous term, she served as Chair of the Environmental and Sustainability Committee. Under her leadership, the committee reviewed policies and procedures to prevent environmental threats, reformed the bulk-and-brush trash pickup program, implemented the Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP), discussed restrictions on gas-powered leaf blowers, and much more.
Currently, she sits on Parks, Trails, and the Environment; Quality of Life, Arts, & Culture; Workforce, Education, & Equity; Ad Hoc Committee on Pensions; Ad Hoc Committee on Sports Recruitment and Retention; and serves as Vice Chair on the Government Performance & Financial Management Committee.
Paula's experience in Dallas politics positions her well to represent the interests of her District. Previously, she has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, Chief of Staff to former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, a legislative aide to former State Representative Dale Tillery, a district aide to former State Representative Harryette Ehrhardt, and Senior Advisor for Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles.
Over the last four years, Paula has raised the senior tax exemption, reduced property taxes, led the charge to fix the City's residential permitting process, restored transparency to the Dallas City Council, executed the Dallas Urban Forest Master Plan, commissioned for the White Rock Lake Feasibility Dredge Study, supported the plan for a new Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, executed the Period Access Dallas (PAD) Program, and helped to create the Fentanyl Strike Force.
Most recently, Paula has been working on the Hensley Field cleanup that will eventually lead to a master plan development project.