Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price set to retire
In a retirement announcement, the mayor said she would spend more time with her family but she expected to continue serving in the public sector. (Ian Pribanic / Community Impact Newspaper)
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announced at a press conference on Jan. 5 that she would not seek re-election for a sixth term as Mayor of Fort Worth in May. Price, who was elected for her fifth and final term in 2019, is the city’s longest-serving mayor.
During the press conference, Price urged Fort Worth citizens to investigate who the candidates are, but declined to speculate on who might become the next mayor. The candidacy will be submitted from January 13th to February 13th. 12 before the May 1st election.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to serve, as I said, but I’m not the only one who can do this job,” Price said. “There are many people out there who will be accomplished, great leaders.”
In Price’s ten-year tenure as mayor, the city’s population grew more than 20% as it recovered from the 2008 recession. As Fort Worth continues to grow, Price said the biggest issues for her successor will be recovering from the recession in 2020 and redistributing the city based on new census data.
The COVID-19 pandemic challenged Price in her final year in office, but she said she was proud of the work city officials have done in partnership with Tarrant County and other nearby cities.
“This is a big region and people go back and forth to work, eat, and see their families. So it’s really important that we all work together,” she said.
Speaking of their proudest accomplishments, Price noted the overhaul of the city’s employee pension fund, which faced many problems when they took office, and their ability to lower the city’s tax rate while preserving social services.
Although Price said she expects to be in the public sector in the future, her next step will be spending more time with her family.
“I still have that Energizer Bunny energy and passion,” she said. “I’ve always been in the public sector and I don’t leave that easily.”