Crowded race to find Betsy Price’s replacement for Fort Worth mayor

There are ten candidates for Fort Worth Mayor on the ballot to fill the seat that Betsy Price held for five terms.

There is likely to be a runoff due to the overcrowded field.

Fort Worth will have a new mayor for the first time in ten years.

There are a handful of candidates who seem to have the most attention and interest of the voters.

Tarrant County’s Democratic Party leader Deborah Peoples is running for mayor again after losing to Price in the 2019 election.

Mattie Parker, Price’s former chief of staff, is another contender.

She received endorsements from Price and the Fort Worth Police Officers Association.

Council members Ann Zadeh and Bryan Byrd, who represent District 9 and 3 respectively, are also at the start.

If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, there will be a runoff election in June.

Voters said they were most concerned about the city’s education, security and growth.

“I think we have great candidates. I think there will be a runoff in the mayor’s race and it will be just as important to vote then,” said Jarrett Vick.

“I feel like a country and a city where we have to focus on the little things first, like a city. And when the city starts doing the right things, city after city will follow the lead,” said Erika Cristantielli.

A lot has changed in Fort Worth in the past decade, including the city’s population.

In 2010 it was 744,000, and by 2019 that number had risen to 909,000, an increase of more than 20%.

Price announced in January that she would not run for re-election after a decade in office.

She said the next mayor needs to keep focusing on inclusivity as the city continues to grow.

“It’s not partisan. Good governance takes place right here in the middle. You get input from the right, input from the left and you decide what is best for the city as a whole,” she said.

Some of the mayoral candidates will gather for guard parties on Saturday night while others said they would watch at home.

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