“Difund” police? “No hats and cows”?Fort Worth Mayor’s race has become negative

Despite pledges from some candidates to avoid negative public relations, Mayor Fort Worth’s race has been volatile.

A leaflet in support of candidate Matty Parker arrives in the mailbox this week, and the leaflet tells candidate Brian Bird to “refund” profits for the widow and other fallen firefighters and police officers’ families. He accuses him of moving.

The leaflet featuring the headline “Beware of voters: know the truth about Mr. Bird before voting” was not paid by Parker himself. Instead, it was paid by the Fort Worth Firefighters Commission for Responsible Government, a group that supports Parker.

The message left to the spokesperson of the Firefighters Association and the president of its political action committee was not immediately returned.

The leaflet claims that on November 13, 2018, city councilman Bird proposed a proposal to raise money from police and firefighter benefits.

Contact by phone, Parker, former Chief of Staff of Mayor Betsy Price, She said she didn’t notice the leaflet until the copy arrived in her mailbox, and she didn’t approve the content of it.

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“I’ve focused on running campaigns in a positive and exciting way, and I’ll do that all the time,” Parker said. “I know first responders are dissatisfied with Dr. Bird’s voting record, but I’m not working on the weed.”

Parker also said that Bird’s campaign had a leaflet with a picture of a black cowboy hat and had never held an elected position, so she said, “There are no cows in all hats.” Insist. Parker says it’s ironic given that she grew up. At Hiko’s family ranch south of Cleburn.

Bird said in a written statement through a spokesman that his actions in 2018 are intended to improve firefighters’ pensions. It was not an actual city council vote, but a motion on items being considered by the city council that did not move forward.

“In 2018, I planned to protect firefighters’ pensions in the long run,” Bird said. “Their bosses have discontinued the plan in support of their plan, which puts a heavy burden on taxpayers. I’m always fighting and the union boss is the best for police and firefighters. We will continue to fight for the real solution, not what we are thinking. “

Bird, Doctor, Former CEO of Texas HospiceAlso defended the “All Hats and Cowless” campaign material due to Parker’s lack of business experience.

Parker was the mayor and chief of staff of the city council for five years. She was the founding chief executive officer of the non-profit educational organizations Fort Worth Cradle to Career and Tarrant To & Through Partnership.

In the election on May 1, four candidates emerged as promising candidates out of a total of ten applicants. This could result in the top two voters ending in the final vote on June 5th.

Deborah Peoples, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Tarrant County, And urban planner Anne Zade Extensive experience with city council and planning and zoning committeesIs expected to be one of the top finishers, along with Parker and Bird.

Although Fort Worth’s local elections are nonpartisan, some rhetoric reminds voters of recent actions in national elections.

“We said that all politics are local. Now, because of issues such as police and Black Lives Matter financing, and issues such as the transgender bathroom bill, all politics. I argue that is national, “said Jim Riddlesperger, a professor of political science at TCU. “These issues were not once part of local politics.”

However, Riddlesperger said the negative campaign itself was not partisan and was always part of local politics.

He added that none of the four front runners seemed to have a decisive advantage.

Parker has the support of many political and business leaders, and the People have the support of loyal Democrats, which means Zade or Bird couldn’t finish in the top two. Not.

“Outsider pass,” he said. “Maybe as good as an insider pass.”

Parker is a prominent business leader in Fortworth, including Mayor Betsy Price, Former Mayor Mike Moncrief, Congressman Phil King, Congressman Craig Goldman, Former Congressman Pete Jelen, and Former Congressman Dennis Singleton. And many of the political leaders. Congressmen Bill Meadows, Danny Skaas, Jim Zimmerman. Famous citizens such as Ramona and Lee Bass, Sid Bass, Mike Berry and Dee Kelly Jr.

She was also approved by the Fort Worth Police Officers Association and the Fort Worth Professional Firefighters Association.

Parker and Bird raised the most election funds.

Bird’s campaign reported a balance of just over $ 500,000 by the city’s submission deadline on April 1. He has received $ 245,800 in donations from more than 200 donors, has already spent about $ 212,000, and has also received a $ 300,000 loan.

Parker’s campaign was at hand for just under $ 470,000, donations were $ 654,000, and there were no loans. Her large donation included $ 50,000 from the Bass family’s Good Government Fund.

Zadeh reported $ 134,420 on hand, while Peoples were just over $ 41,000.

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