May 2021 Election Results for Fort Worth Texas
Voters enter De Zavala Elementary School to cast their ballots in Fort Worth on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
Although several Fort Worth council members appear en route to another term, it will be the first time in four years that new faces will join the council.
The 2021 race attracted most of the contestants recently. Almost 50 competed for the city’s eight districts. The resignation of Councilor Dennis Shingleton opened up sprawling District 7, which includes historic neighborhoods within Loop 820 as well as Fort Worth’s fast-growing suburbs in the far north. The application of councilors Brian Byrd and Ann Zadeh for the office of mayor created vacancies in District 3 and District 9.
The runoff election will be on June 5th.
City Council District 2
In District 2, the incumbent Carlos Flores is on the way to another term with 64.94% of the vote. Jennifer Sarduy, a communications manager, had about 16.58% and Juan Sixtos, an engineer, had 10.33%.
The district north of downtown includes the Historic Stockyards District and various neighborhoods, as well as Meacham Airport and the northern suburbs.
In Fort Worth’s westernmost District 3, Michael Crain, Byrd district director and real estate agent, had an early lead of 71.32%. Tonya Carter, who works in customer service, was 6.66% and Kaite Johnson, self-employed, was 7.13%.
District 3 includes the growing Walsh area and extends into Parker County. Crain had over 75% in Parker County, where initial results showed 67 votes.
Councilor Cary Moon had an early lead over four opponents with 51.396% of the vote. Tara Wilson, a registered nurse, followed with 28.13%.
District 4 includes several older neighborhoods on the east side and extends north to the east side of the AllianceTexas corridor.
In District 5, Councilor Gyna Bivens led with 62.81% of the vote. Bob Willoughby, who works in entertainment articles, had 11.193%, followed by Antonio (Twin) Harris, who works in lawn care, with 8.88%. Mar’Tayshia James, collector, had 9.21%. Richard Vazquez, chairman of the Republican District, had 7.92%.
The district extends to Fort Worth in the Far East and includes DFW Airport and American Airlines headquarters, as well as Stop Six and other neighborhoods.
Councilor Jungus Jordan, the longest-serving councilor, had 43.71%, followed by Jared Williams, an educator and nonprofit leader, who had 34.41%. Tiesa Leggett had 21.82%.
The southwest district includes the new Tarleton State Campus.
Jordan’s approval by the Fort Worth Police Officer’s Association caused controversy earlier this week. A mailer noting support for Jordan listed several candidates running in 2017 and 2019 and not currently running. Leggett completely left it out.
Shingleton’s resignation drew 10 for the race in District 7. Zeb Pent, self-employed, led by 32.70%. Leonard Firestone, entrepreneur, had 27.73% and Lee Henderson, a political strategist, was third with 15.65%.
In Denton County, Pent had 34% of the vote, followed by Firestone who had nearly 14%. Early results 676 votes.
In District 8, Christopher Nettles led incumbent councilor Kelly Allen Gray at 45.87% to 43.50%.
The borough on the east side includes neighborhoods at zip code 76104 where lack of access to health care, food, and other resources is driving life expectancy to nationwide lows. The Star Telegram examined life in the area in a 2020 series that resulted in an increased focus on local neighborhoods.
Zadeh’s decision to leave the diverse District 9, which includes downtown, booming Near Southside, and several Hispanic neighborhoods, drew nine candidates.
Elizabeth Beck, an attorney who ran for Texas House last year, had an early lead of 42.79%. Fernando Peralta, logistics specialist and president of the Rosemont district, followed with 12.50%. Jared Sloane, a manager, had 11.15%.
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Luke Ranker covers the interface between people and government, centered around Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties. He came to Texas from the Kansas plains, where he wrote about a great deal including government, crime, and the Topeka courts. He survived a single winter in Pennsylvania as a breaking news reporter. He can be reached at 817-390-7747 or [email protected]
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