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Fort Worth Mayoral Candidate Mattie Parker and her husband David, a lobbyist, have addressed questions about potential conflicts of interest should Parker win the June 5 runoff.

As previously reported by Texas Scorecard, David Parker is a lobbyist with Longbow Partners, a lobbying firm his LinkedIn profile—a social media network for work professionals—shows he joined in January 2015. “I am registered with the Ethics Commission,” he told Texas Scorecard. “Most of my work tends to be communications, strategy, advising clients, some out of state, some here.”

In 2014, Longbow signed a one-year contract with Fort Worth to work as their taxpayer-funded lobbyist firm. In May 2015, Mattie Parker was hired as Mayor Betsy Price’s chief of staff, a position Mattie held until April 2020.

Texas Scorecard asked Mattie Parker about this situation.

“While I was working at a local law firm, David was hired in late 2014 as a local liaison to assist the city with some of their state advocacy and bill monitoring,” Mattie Parker told Texas Scorecard in response to a press inquiry on this subject. “However, the city charter expressly prohibits a city employee or elected official’s spouse from being a city contractor so we immediately terminated that arrangement in April 2015 when I was selected to go to work for mayor and council.”

Mattie and David also responded to questions from Texas Scorecard about what wall of separation they would create to avoid any potential conflict of interest should she win the June 5 mayoral runoff.

“His firm has had no other employee arrangements with the City of Fort Worth and will not if I’m selected to lead the city,” Mattie stated.

“Most of my stuff is either federal or state level primarily, so that hadn’t been an issue,” David said. “But we also know the scrutiny

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