Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price says she will not run for re-election
After 10 years in office, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has announced that she will not run for another term.
Price made the announcement on January 5, a week before January 13, the first day candidates can begin running for office. The next election is May 1st.
First elected in 2011, she set a record for the longest-serving mayor in Fort Worth history. She is also the only female Republican mayor of a major city in Texas.
Both Price and her husband Tom tested positive for COVID-19 in November 2020, but she said the virus was not why she was leaving office and stated that she had more time with her family and grandchildren and want to open the office to a new perspective.
“It struck me one day that I had to share this with other people,” she told NBC 5. “There are other leaders in town, the new perspective, a chance to change.”
Prior to her tenure as mayor, Price served as a tax advisor in Tarrant County for 10 years and previously owned a title office.
Her favorite projects included health-oriented initiatives such as cycling and walking; Implementation of TEXRail, the commuter rail line between downtown Fort Worth and DFW Airport; Improving literacy in high schools; Revitalization programs for the neighborhood and stabilization of the pension fund for employees.
Price’s closest race was in 2019 when she competed against Deborah Peoples, leader of the Tarrant County Democratic Party. People have already said that she will run again.
District 9th councilor Ann Zadeh also announced she would be on the starting line, saying in a Jan. 5 Facebook post: “I would be honored to serve as our next mayor, and I am ready to do so. “
The job pays just $ 29,000 a year. The registration period for mayors or city councilors runs from January 13th to February 17th.