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Lawsuit seeks to end at-large system in Grand Prairie ISD

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A lawsuit has been filed challenging Grand Prairie ISD's at-large system of electing school board members.

The suit, filed in a U.S. District Court, claims the at-large system is unfair to Hispanic voters in the district and violates the Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit seeks to have the current voting system thrown out and a new plan created.

The suit says 64 percent of the district is Hispanic and 14 percent is white, but all members of the school board are white.

In Saturday's municipal elections, incumbent Terry Brooks beat challenger Gloria Carillo by 18 points.

Local firm Bickel and Brewer filed the suit on Monday. The firm has previously filed Voting Rights Act suits against Farmers Branch and Irving city councils and Irving ISD.

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