Parker, Peoples Appear Headed to Runoff for Fort Worth Mayor – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
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Deborah Peoples and Mattie Parker competed in the race to succeed Betsy Price as the mayor of Fort Worth on June 5.
Price was first elected in 2011 and is Fort Worth’s senior mayor. Deciding not to run for an unprecedented sixth term, she was supporting Parker, an attorney, mother of three, and former Price’s chief of staff.
Peoples, leader of the Tarrant County’s Democratic Party and former executive director of AT&T, has twice run for mayor. If elected, she would become the city’s first black woman mayor.
The winner will take over a rapidly changing Fort Worth. The city has grown to nearly 1 million residents, and the Democrats have moved fast around Tarrant County, one of the largest GOP strongholds in Texas.
Ten candidates were in the running.
Fort Worth – Mayor
Parker and Peoples ousted two city council members, Bryan Byrd and Ann Zadeh, to run the runoff election.
Parker and Peoples both promised to run positive campaigns over the next month.
“I have a vision far and wide about the future of Fort Worth, Texas and what it means to be a unifying city, and I think it will resonate with the people,” Parker said in an interview at their victory party at a West 7th Street bar.
Declining to criticize the peoples, Parker said the two actually get on well and sympathized at a recent election rally about sleep deprivation.
People celebrated at a private meeting at home with a small group of family members and friends over concerns about COVID-19.
“Mattie is great, but I think people are looking for experienced leadership and they want someone who has the heart of the city and is ready to run,” Peoples said in a Zoom interview.
Byrd is the city council member of Fort Worth District 3, which covers the southwestern part of the city. He is the founder and doctor of Texas Family Medicine and the former CEO of Texas Hospice. According to Byrd’s campaign website, he would focus on keeping taxes low, attracting high-paying quality jobs, creating a well-educated, work-ready workforce, maintaining a safe and welcoming city, and having efficient government.
Online Brian Byrd for Mayor
Twitter @ Byrd4Mayor
Caldwell is an educator who previously ran for Dallas City Council before moving to Fort Worth. According to his campaign website, if he were elected mayor, Caldwell would create more efficient use of taxpayers’ money, reform public order, and respond to concerns from the local community.
Online Daniel Caldwell for Mayor
George is a marketing coordinator who has lived in Fort Worth for nearly 30 years. George studied Business Marketing at Tarrant County College. No campaign website or Twitter page was found for this candidate.
Haynes is the CEO of a distribution company and has lived in North Texas for more than three decades. According to a recent Facebook post, Haynes would focus his election on raising wages, addressing mental health issues, and creating more nonprofits. No campaign website or Twitter page was found for this candidate.
Cedric C. Kanyinda
Cedric C. Kanyinda is an IT professional who graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology and an MBA.
Online Cedric Kanyinda for Mayor
Parker is the former chief of staff to Mayor Betsy Price and has received endorsement from the outgoing mayor and endorsement from the Fort Worth Police Officers Association and the Fort Worth Fire Professional Firefighters Association. She is also the founding CEO of Fort Worth Cradle to Career and the Tarrant To & Through Partnership.
Online Mattie Parker for Mayor
Twitter @ MattieParker12
Penate is a real estate agent and pastor at Mercy Culture Church in Fort Worth. According to his campaign website, his election would focus on lowering property taxes, growing small businesses, improving schools, improving infrastructure and creating a safer city.
Online Steve Penate for Mayor
Peoples, the leader of the Tarrant County’s Democratic Party, is running for mayor for the second year running after falling 13 percentage points short of Betsy Price in 2019. She has worked as a vice president at AT&T and would focus on her election on Health, Justice, Education, Business and Infrastructure, according to her campaign website.
Online Deborah Peoples for Mayors
Rector is a writer and veteran who wrote on Facebook that he would be focused on personal and economic freedom and a debt-free future if elected.
Online No campaign website was found for this candidate.
Zadeh is the councilor of Fort Worth District 9, which covers most of downtown and the immediate south area along Interstate 35W. As an urban planner, she was a member of the Fort Worth Zoning Commission for six years. In her election, Zadeh would focus on housing, ethics and transparency in local governments, the Citizens Police Review Board and independent redistribution, according to her campaign website.
Online Ann Zadeh for Mayor
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