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As the June 5 local runoff election approaches in Tarrant County, Democrat organizers have recommended candidates in these non-partisan races.

While local citizen-activists have released their own list of recommendations for the June 5 runoffs, the Tarrant County Democratic Party—which Fort Worth Mayoral Candidate Deborah Peoples chaired until recently—have published recommendations from Democrat organizers. “While Tarrant County Democratic Party hasn’t endorsed any candidates, we have listened to many of our organizers on the ground and here’s who we’d like you to know more about,” their website reads.

A number of the candidates in the Democrats’ list have also been backed by progressive groups seeking to transform Texas.

The Tarrant County Republican Party website has provided the voting history of candidates in these races.

Fort Worth

Democrat organizers recommend Leonard Firestone in the June 5 runoff to replace retiring District 7 Councilmember Dennis Shingleton, while conservative Zeb Pent is recommended by local citizen-activists.

“[Firestone is] not a Democrat, but former candidate Lee Henderson advises his election over his too far right opponent,” the county party website reads. Henderson, who in 2012 was Deputy Data Director for Obama for America, said this in his endorsement of Firestone: “Leonard and I do not see eye-to-eye on every issue—but we have far more in common than our differences.”

Firestone has had repeated issues arise during his campaign, from his odd last-minute swap with Paxton Motheral to run in this race, the allegation Firestone engaged in illegal campaign finance activities, and his low voter participation record in local elections.

Democrat organizers also recommend Deborah Peoples for mayor and Dr. Jared Williams for city council District 6. Both candidates in each of the other two city council runoff races have been recommended too: incumbent Councilmember Kelly Allen Grey and Chris Nettles in District 8, and Elizabeth Beck and Fernando

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