Runoff elections took place in Dallas and Fort Worth today. While most incumbents or incumbent–backed candidates in Dallas won, in Fort Worth the left-leaning faction gained a 5-4 city council majority despite Mattie Parker winning the mayoral race.
Mattie Parker, former chief of staff for outgoing Mayor Betsy Price, defeated Democrat Deborah Peoples 53 percent to 47 percent.
Parker was backed by the Dee Kelly, Jr. faction of the establishment, while Peoples was backed by leftist organizations.
“There are a lot of things we’re going to tackle in the coming years,” Parker told the crowd at her watch party Saturday night. “Number one is bringing our city together.”
“In Fort Worth, we’re going to embrace positive policies and consensus building with ferocity,” she continued. Specifically, she mentioned redistricting, tackling education, affordable housing, and public transportation among the issues the city would be tackling going forward.
We’re going to do this all while fostering a high quality of life across our entire city.
In city council races, incumbent Councilmember Jungus Jordan was defeated by Dr. Jared Williams 51 percent to 49 percent. Williams was backed by leftist organization Run for Something. and endorsed by State Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D–Dallas) and former Democrat congressional candidate Kim Olson. He also held a get-out-the-vote event with Joe Jaworski, Democrat candidate for Texas attorney general.
Meanwhile, in District 7 Leonard Firestone defeated conservative Zeb Pent 55 percent to 45 percent in the race to replace retiring Councilmember Dennis Shingleton. Firestone has repeatedly refused to answer questions from Texas Scorecard about an allegation he engaged in illegal campaign finance activities. Another attempt was made at Firestone’s watch party Saturday evening.
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