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“Fort Worth major position needs freshening. It’s time for Deborah Peoples,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram [opinion] (Apr 26, 2019), https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/other-voices/article229621334.html?fbclid=IwAR0bX2zwr036LG0rFkP6AXbs3-r80yKXDmXTowL2C4_sVLWcBNFaYJVmFn0

“Endorsement: Betsy Price for Fort Worth mayor,” [opinion] Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 19, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article229421329.html

“Fort Worth May 4 election: Here’s who we recommend for City Council,” [opinion] Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article229298869.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth Mayor,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article228848734.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 3,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/article229127984.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 4,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/article228847764.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 5,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article228377579.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 6,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article228741794.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 7,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article228377214.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 8,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/article228429024.html

“Does red or blue matter in local elections? Here’s how candidates have voted,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 12, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article228686329.html

“Which Fort Worth candidate has the most money?” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 5, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/article228881719.html

“Often overlooked, these elections can have the biggest effect on your life,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 3, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article228779149.html

“Crime-heavy area in Fort Worth to get revitalization,” WFAA.com (Mar 20, 2019) https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/tarrant-county/crime-heavy-area-in-fort-worth-to-get-revitalization/287-422e7089-5b35-42d7-9ddd-b62b2de9c514

“Candidates file for May election,” Fort Worth Business Press (Feb 16, 2019) http://www.fortworthbusiness.com/news/candidates-file-for-may-election-mayor-faces-three-challengers-former/article_50d7a0f8-3249-11e9-8766-8ba6429c30cf.html

“Who’s running for office in Fort Worth?” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Feb 15, 2019)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article226339525.html

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Fort Worth Mayor

Job descriptionPresiding officer of the City Council, the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesRepresents city at official functions
Enacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$29,000; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings three times per month; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
I wanna restore the meaning of Fort Worth which is a place of worth. I wanna do this by implementing new courses in the education system that allows students to express passion and skills that shows students, how to budget their money, the importance of investing, resumes and interviews and displays leadership the community events and projects. Creating more entrepreneurs of the youth, to decrease the drop out rate, youth homelessness and the crime and death rate for adolescents. Arresting people don’t stop crime but giving them jobs, more money and opportunities does. Preparing students in such a manner would create more qualified candidates for employers and create more jobs right here in our own communities. I will ensure that this will be a program that employers will pull directly from first as qualified candidates also getting more young people involved in politics to use their creativity for better ideas. Because being financially stable gives you a different outlook on life. Magazine and online databases that markets the businesses we already have to increase consumers. A civilian review board made of leaders right here in our own communities that will monitor the complaints of our police Department creating a safer bond between the police and it’s residents. Creating a solution for the race and task force recommendations and By doing this it makes the Job of the officer much easier and the life of a resident more meaningful. Reevaluating the 287g law. New opportunities for vacant property, more affordable housing making availability for lower property tax, and a new units to each district giving Fort Worth as a whole a new Fantastic look improvements on street conditions public safety. prioritizing the storm water system to monitor flooding so that we can partner with other cities with the trinity river project making it a sight to see and purifying and reusing that water so that residents don’t have another dry summer. More non profit organizations. And a better cost of living for our city retirees. And benefits for those who don’t receive them. Adopting the use of transportation on the local level such as scooters and renter bikes, pay for carpooling at companies, subways, electric city buses for cleaner air and bringing attention to our texrail system so that those who have suspended licenses or no form of transportation will not become victims of more moving violations and the chance to become a working citizen. My ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between the old and young by partnering with United Fort Worth and other organizations making Fort Worth family oriented and increasing the life expectancy of our residents ensuring that Fort Worth will be a top 5 city to live in FORT WORTH TOGETHER WE CAN WIN THIS ELECTION vote MikeHaynes write in Candidate for mayor
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
I like to call them the three Ts
Transparency
Transportation
Taxes
20 years ago I don’t think our city leaders ever imagined we would be facing record population and while many enjoy having a small town feel our transportation issues or anything but small. We must address a diversity of options for citizens. We can’t just continue to build roads but must be looking at all options.
It is also critical that we address our tax base. In 2016 homeowners paid 61% of the taxes to run our city and businesses paid 39% . This is not a sustainable model .
Finally, transparency. As leaders we must be open and residents need to know what is happening and how decisions are being made. Current moves by the Fort Worth city Council to limit the amount of time residents can address the council and when they can address the council Is problematic. Also not disclosing needed information on large projects like the Trinity River vision, funding for the new police and fire center and dickies Arena leaves residents feeling left out.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
Because I was born in Fort Worth on a farm in a barn that my grandfather hand built and my grandmother made plum jelly from scratch installing the entrepreneurial spirit on me at a early age. Even though it wasn’t all that great it was still a life worth living. growing up I went through the changes and hardship of Fort Worth and now that I graduated from Dallas Christian with a Business Degree and a 2x CEO award winner for Avis Budget Group, 33x elte award winner for EAN HOLDINGS, 2015 regional champ, and Vice President for project management for Enactus I’m taking the these I’ve learned and will be implementing them in our own city based off the things I’ve experience that could’ve made my life much easier and my grand parents as well. With this solution we can increase our life expectancy from all citizens. My mentor and friend Frank Knittel former mayor for Alvord Tx gave me tools he used to make that city successful before he passed and I’m going to do it here. I have applied these ideas in the community and have increased business, homes and new residents It’s great to have a Mayor who is like them
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
I believe I am the best candidate because I am committed to bringing all the citizens of Fort Worth together to work on common Goals and not just include a select few citizens. Too many Fort Worth residents feel that their concerns are not only not heard but are certainly not addressed. Fort Worth has changed much from when I moved here in 1975 and is a diverse growing area not only in terms of race and religion but also age groups. The issues facing us 40 years ago have changed. We now have aging infrastructure in our inner-city neighborhoods but we also need to provide infrastructure to growing areas outside the loop. We need to provide our residence with not only training for but access to well-paying jobs. I understand that and my work in the private sector was to grow job opportunities that allowed employees a living wage. My ability to not only listen to but my willingness to work will not only corporate leaders but neighborhood leaders makes me a great bridge builder. This corporate experience and my community experience is a perfect blend for bringing diverse groups together to build consensus .
3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE FAIREST WAY TO BALANCE THE TAX BURDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND LARGER EMPLOYERS?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
By distributing the burden properly according to business size and property size. And creating programs that assist these individuals
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
The tax burden has to be fair and equitable. As I said in an earlier answer homeowners cannot continue to bear the burden of the tax base this is not a sustainable model. We must work with homeowners, property owners, small businesses and large employers to balance the tax base . We can no longer to give away unfettered tax abatements to large corporations to move here without getting some guarantees for jobs and other benefits. We must also work with the Tarrant County appraisal district on its model for our appraisals. The value of our homes continues to go up increasing our taxes. So our current mayor likes to tap the fact that they decrease taxes but when you have appraisals going up it’s a zero sum game . The end result is the homeowner Still pays more taxes!
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
By adopting to the changes to better our communities as well as the residents financial situations. Coming up with new finding ideas and applying them. If that doesn’t work city council should come together and petition for this number to increase. Municipal and sales funding is always an option
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
This problem should not be solved by the state legislature. I firmly believe in local control and feel this issue must be solved at the local level . Having said that I would work to ensure that this decision be made locally. Texas is a diverse state with specific needs for various cities. This type of decision should not be a one-size-fits-all .
5. IN 2018, THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE RACE AND CULTURE TASK FORCE. WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU FEEL ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPLEMENT THEM?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
As some one who has grown to an adult with a lack of these recommendations I know that the most important priorities are education, housing, police brutality and transportation. With education we must implement a program that Will allow our students to be employed before or immediately after graduating. Police brutality could be solved with the civilian review board having unbiased opinions about the issues in our polone department. We need more affordable housing in each district so that we can bring a new exciting look to Ft Worth and create a family oriented environment that makes an impact on youth homelessness. Transportation that had new routes reaching areas for the disabled and those of age and new buses that are electric to cut back on pollution and transportation that goes outside of Ft Worth that allows residents new opportunities of employment and education also scooters and renter bikes in residential areas
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
The task force talked about the systemic nature of racism in Fort Worth. I believe two critical issues addressed are education and public safety.
The partnership with education is critical as we must prepare students for the growing needs of the workforce. The students we are educating today will be the leaders and workforce of tomorrow. We must ensure that they are trained and educated to take on decision-making positions. Our public school system is a minority majority school system with the majority of students being students of color. If we focus on education then we must focus on those issues that keep students from achieving their maximum potential... Issues like housing, healthy eating, and healthcare.
The other issue that is important to me and I believe important to the citizens is the issue surrounding Public Safety. This issue is two part : first, in many departments there are no minority employees . This lack of diversity must be addressed.
And, two we need a citizens review board for the police department to encourage transparency . this is critical to ensure a fair and equitable treatment for both Citizens and our police officers . It should be a win-win effort.
6. FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE TRINITY RIVER VISION/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT WAS NOT ALLOCATED FUNDING IN THE 2019 FEDERAL BUDGET, TRWD OFFICIALS STATED THAT THE PROJECT WOULD NEED AT LEAST $26 MILLION IN 2020 AND $35 MILLION IN 2021 IN ORDER TO STAY ON TRACK. IF FEDERAL FUNDING AT THIS LEVEL IS NOT APPROVED, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL PROCEED?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
I will complete this project the best way I can if not I will build a stadium for a new sports team. City council should figure out a solution together for funding or find a better solution for the issues panther island was created for
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
It is my believe that we need to first review and analyze the project to ensure that this is a project that is needed to protect our citizens . The project was begun as a flood control issue and it is my believe that that should be the top priority.
The Trinity River Authority should first ensure that flood control measures come before looking at any other aspect of this.
Once that has been made a priority we and then look at the potential benefits of additional affordable housing, retail, and entertainment opportunities.
7. IN LATE 2018, FOLLOWING A REQUEST FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, TRWD AGREED TO SEEK AN INDEPENDENT PROGRAMMATIC REVIEW OF THE TRINITY RIVER/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT. IN YOUR VIEW, IS THE SCOPE OF THE REVIEW APPROPRIATE? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
The scope of the review is appropriate because we must make sure this is the best idea for all residents and that we are not waisting millions of dollars for nothing
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
We need an in-depth review of the project. We should look at all aspects of the project. Anything that stops short of a full audit is not acceptable. The Citizens of Fort Worth deserve full transparency on this.
8. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
VOTE MIKEHAYNES WRITE IN CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR
It’s time for a change for all people of all ages
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
I like to tell people this is not your grandmothers Fort Worth. We have a City that is growing exponentially and with that growth comes opportunities like: delivering infrastructure, providing world-class transportation, encouraging economic development that brings great jobs , providing housing opportunities for all and More. We must Bring a new kind of leadership to the city. We need a Mayor who is open and transparent and is willing to allow every neighborhood a seat at the table . Our patriarchal system of leadership no longer works. Are citizens demand participation and want to be part of the new Fort Worth way.

Fort Worth City Council

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. This position is elected by district; term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$25,000; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings three times per month; special meetings called as needed.

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