Early results show that Parker is ahead of the Peoples in the Fort Worth Mayor’s competition.


Matty Parker led the Fort Worth mayoral election earlier than the Deborah Peoples.

In Tarrant County’s early voting results, Parker received 53% of the votes, while Peoples voted 47%. Nearly 53,900 people voted early.

In Parker County, where 160 people voted first, Parker received 79% of the votes, and in Denton, where 510 voters voted early, Parker received 81% of the votes.

Parker, 37, and Peoples, 68, are vying to replace the retiring Mayor of Betsy Price.

She was the CEO of the Fort Worth Cradle to Career and Talent to and Through Partnerships, a non-profit educational organization, and served as Chief of Staff for Price and the City Council for five years.

Peoples retired from AT & T’s Vice President and served as former chairman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party.

They were by far the top voter in the general election, which recorded the turnout of historic voters. In the Talent, Denton, and Parker counties, Peoples received 22,594 votes, compared to Parker’s 21,014 votes.

After a ten-year term, Price announced in January that it would not seek an unprecedented sixth term.

Parker, in some respects, represents the continuation of Price’s policy towards voters. She wasn’t too far from Price, who supported Parker prior to the general election.

Like Price, Parker said he would focus on education and early childhood development as a way to improve Fort Worth’s workforce and spur greater economic development. Although the mayor does not play a formal role in education, Price uses her influence to create reading programs, paying attention to the need for better child support.

At the post-election debate, Parker and Peoples came up with different visions to move Fort Worth forward.

Parker studied how other cities are driving minority and women-owned businesses in terms of economic development, and is currently based in “business-friendly” locations such as Portland, Seattle and Detroit. Said that the city should be marketed to companies that put up.

Peoples took a more locally-born approach and in a Star-Telegram-sponsored forum argued that Fort Worth should support local SMEs and work more closely with minority and women-owned businesses. did.

They were also different in addressing the growing mobility problem of cities. Peoples said Fort Worth should invest heavily in light rail and other multi-model transportation so that residents can get jobs. She said funding could be found through state and federal support.

Parker said the cost was too high and that funding comes from external sources, but Fort Worth should make smaller, cheaper improvements. She also said the city should make new technologies and rideshare. I wanted to explore a program.

The Fort Worth Police Officers Association has touted Parker as a defender of the sector against all efforts to “block police funding.” She said the council should rely on Secretary Neil Nooks and police guard Kim Neil for policy changes and the establishment of a civilian review board.

Peoples argues that the recommendations of the Racial and Cultural Task Force on private oversight committees need to be taken seriously and adopted promptly.

The race was a tough battle for both candidates.

Parker lacked a well-known name, but made up for it with the support and funding of some of Fort Worth’s old guards. Peoples didn’t get the support of the city’s strong business community, but she’s important. We have built up a supporter of grassroots.

In the May 1 general election, women escaped from the crowded field of 10 candidates. Some were politically newcomers, but two opponents, Brian Bird and Anne Zade, spent more than a term in the city council.

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