Candice Quarles

Candice Quarles Candice Quarles is a community leader, wife, mother and member of the DeSoto City Council in Texas. She/Her/Black Candice Quarles was elected to the DeSoto City Council in May 2016 and Re-elected May 2018.

Prior to being elected, she served as a member of the City of Desoto’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. One of the guiding reasons that compelled Candice to run for City Council was to ensure that the next generation continued to have a real voice in helping to shape the future of the city. Candice, a native of St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor’s degree in Personnel Psychology from Missouri Western

Prior to being elected, she served as a member of the City of Desoto’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. One of the guiding reasons that compelled Candice to run for City Council was to ensure that the next generation continued to have a real voice in helping to shape the future of the city. Candice, a native of St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor’s degree in Personnel Psychology from Missouri Western

DeSoto City Councilmember Candice Quarles shared, “I am saddened to hear of the loss of James and Linda Zander. I had th...
12/23/2020
James & Linda Zander Lose Battle To COVID-19 - Focus Daily News

DeSoto City Councilmember Candice Quarles shared,
“I am saddened to hear of the loss of James and Linda Zander. I had the honor of serving and sitting next to James during my first year on the City Council before he left in 2017.

He was a strong voice and compassionate businessman that everyone knew in DeSoto and even the Dallas area.

The one thing about James that we all knew is how much he loved his wife Linda. He always made sure she was taken care of and happy as she had multiple bouts of illness during her final years.
He and his wife Linda will be missed. Their passings are a sincere loss for DeSoto but we will always remember the positive impact that they have had on our community.”

On Monday evening, James and Linda Zander passed away after battling COVID-19 since early December. The beloved couple

Congrats to an all women led communications team! A first in White House!
11/30/2020
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Announce Members of White House Senior Communications Staff | President-Elect Joe Biden

Congrats to an all women led communications team! A first in White House!

November 29, 2020Press Releases President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Announce Members of White House Senior Communications Staff WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris today announced new members of the White House staff who will s...

11/10/2020
Friendship-West Baptist Church

Happy Birthday Pastor Haynes!

Happy Birthday to the best Pastor south of Heaven, the prototype for preaching in the 21st century, our social justice warrior, and feeder of sheep and fighter of wolves, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III

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Former President Barack Obama says he “could not be prouder” to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice Presiden...
11/08/2020
Former US presidents congratulate President-elect Joe Biden

Former President Barack Obama says he “could not be prouder” to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Former President Barack Obama says he “could not be prouder” to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

"She inspired 1.2 million Black Democrats in Georgia to vote for her (more than the total number of Democratic gubernato...
11/06/2020
How Stacey Abrams Is Turning the Tide in Georgia

"She inspired 1.2 million Black Democrats in Georgia to vote for her (more than the total number of Democratic gubernatorial voters in 2014)” and “gained the highest percentage of the state’s white Democratic voters in a generation.”

Whether it’s Biden or Trump in the White House, Abrams has won.

Please stand with us in prayer for the family & friends of Mayor Curtistene McCowan.
10/29/2020
DeSoto Mayor Curtistene S. McCowan dies at 72

Please stand with us in prayer for the family & friends of Mayor Curtistene McCowan.

McCowan made DeSoto history in 1990 when she was the first Black person elected to public office in the city as a member of the DeSoto ISD school board.

1 in 3 Americans has been arrested by the age of 23, but the stats get a lot worse if you are a Black man.A young Africa...
10/25/2020
How even a casual brush with the law can permanently mar a young man’s life – especially if he’s Black

1 in 3 Americans has been arrested by the age of 23, but the stats get a lot worse if you are a Black man.

A young African American is 7x more likely to get arrested than a white peer. By the time they are 23, Black men are at a 49% risk of getting arrested and six times more likely to be incarcerated than white men.
As of 2010, one-third of African American adult males had a felony conviction on their records, compared with 8% of all U.S. adults.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/how-even-a-casual-brush-with-the-law-can-permanently-mar-a-young-mans-life-especially-if-hes-black

Whether or not someone is eventually convicted, an arrest alone is enough to significantly impair a Black man's job and earning prospects.

“I began to discuss the problem and possible solutions with DeSoto Council Member Candice Quarles,  DeSoto City Attorney...
10/24/2020
Repeat traffic offenders could have driver’s licenses restored under Dallas County, DeSoto pilot program

“I began to discuss the problem and possible solutions with DeSoto Council Member Candice Quarles, DeSoto City Attorney Joseph Gorfida, and Justice of the Peace Sasha Moreno and the commonsense program that we are unveiling today, which is both inexpensive and uses existing technology, is the result of these very candid and fruitful discussions.”

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2020/10/23/desoto-dallas-county-to-test-drive-occupational-drivers-license-pilot-program/

The new Dallas County/City of DeSoto Occupational Driver’s License Pilot Program will go into effect immediately.

10/23/2020
City of DeSoto, Texas - City Hall

City of DeSoto, Texas - City Hall

Dallas County Justice of the Peace (Pct. 4-2) Sasha Moreno and City of DeSoto Municipal Court Judge will introduce DeSoto's Occupational Driver’s License Pilot Program to the community.

“Black voters matter, and Nov. 3 is the beginning of a political revolution across the country,” Quarles said.The event ...
10/22/2020
Black voters rally at Friendship-West Baptist Church amid record-breaking early voting totals

“Black voters matter, and Nov. 3 is the beginning of a political revolution across the country,” Quarles said.

The event began with a caravan of cars from Red Bird Mall to the church, where the crowd gathered for a rally that with local leaders, including DeSoto City Councilwoman Candice Quarles and Casey Thomas, Dallas City Council member for District 3.

As Texas voters continued to break records at the polls during early voting, Black women voters rallied at Friendship-West Baptist Church last week to show...

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I started this journey of service on May 2016 and Re-elected in May 2018. Service is my passion, community is the fuel. Are we doing the very best that we can for our community? Let me know what I can do to make it better for you. I’m here to help.

Here’s link to a major policy initiative I championed:

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/desoto/2019/03/28/desoto-council-member-pushes-paid-family-leave-city-employees-may-snag/

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/desoto/2019/04/03/desoto-becomes-first-city-north-texas-offer-city-employees-paid-family-leave

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