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While several Fort Worth board members appear to be on their way to another term, new faces will be coming to the board for the first time in four years.
The 2021 race has drawn the most contestants in recent memory with nearly 50 vying for the city’s eight districts. The retirement of City Councilor Dennis Shingleton opened up sprawling District 7, which includes historic neighborhoods within Loop 820 as well as the growing northern suburbs of Fort Worth. The candidacy of Council members Brian Byrd and Ann Zadeh for the post of mayor created vacancies in Districts 3 and 9 respectively.
The second round will take place on June 5.
In District 2, outgoing president Carlos Flores seemed on his way to another term with preliminary results showing him with nearly 69% of the vote. Jennifer Sarduy, communications manager, accounted for around 14.5% and Juan Sixtos, engineer, just over 9%. Theodore Gray, business owner, owns just over 7%.
The neighborhood north of downtown includes the historic Stockyards and several diverse neighborhoods as well as Meacham Airport and the northern suburbs.
In Fort Worth’s westernmost District 3, Michael Crain, Byrd’s district manager and real estate broker, was initially in the lead with 74.5%. Tonya Carter, who works in customer service, and Kaite Johnson, freelance, both had over 6%.
District 3 includes the growing region of Walsh and extends into Parker County. Crain had over 75% of Parker County’s early votes.
The other district candidates had less than 4% of the top votes in Tarrant County.
▪ Michael Caceres, school counselor
▪ Daniel “Double T” Fattori, Detention Officer
▪ Andy Gallagher, Car Dealer
▪ Anne Low, magazine editor
▪ Adrian Devine Smith, cast
Councilor Cary Moon soon dominated four opponents with just over 54% of the vote. Tara Wilson, a registered nurse, followed with almost 28%. Jorge L. Chavez, who works in the risk analyst, held nearly 8%. Max Striker, lawyer, and Kristie Hanhart, business owner, held 5.5% and 4.7%, respectively.
L-shaped District 4 includes several older neighborhoods on the east side and runs from the north to the east side of the AllianceTexas corridor.
In District 5, Councilor Gyna Bivens led with 67.5% of the vote. Bob Willoughby, who works in entertainment products, had almost 11% followed by Antonio (Twin) Harris, lawn care, at 8%. Mar’Tayshia James, collector, and Richard Vazquez, president of the Republican constituency, both held around 7%.
The district extends to the far east of Fort Worth and includes DFW Airport and American Airlines headquarters as well as Stop Six and other neighborhoods.
Longest-serving councilor Jungus Jordan got nearly 45% of the first votes, followed by Jared Williams, an educator and non-profit leader, who got around 35%. Tiesa Leggett had almost 21%.
The Southwest District includes the new Tarleton State Campus.
Jordan’s endorsement by the Fort Worth Police Officers Association created controversy earlier this week. A mailer noting support for Jordan listed several candidates who ran in 2017 and 2019 and who are not currently running. This left Leggett completely away.
Shingleton’s retirement drew 10 to the District 7 race. Entrepreneur Leonard Firestone took an early lead with around 31.5% of the vote followed by independent Zeb Pent with almost 30%. Lee Henderson, political strategist, was in third place with 16%.
The other candidates in the race have 6% or less:
▪ Connie Cottrell, Transportation Safety Officer
▪ Morris Curlee Jr., business owner
▪ Joseph Lockhart Jr., business owner
▪ Michele Stephens McNill, reiterated officer
▪ Irvin (Tee) Thomas, sales
▪ Jake Wurman, real estate agent
▪ Miguel Zamora, Senior Marketing Coordinator
In District 8, outgoing Councilor Kelly Allen Gray was tied with freelance Christopher Nettles, with the opening votes showing the two with around 45% of the vote.
The East Side District includes neighborhoods under zip code 76104 where lack of access to health care, groceries, and other resources has resulted in low life expectancy across the country. State. The Star-Telegram explored life in the area in a 2020 series that resulted in an increased focus on neighborhoods.
The other contenders received around 4% of the vote or less:
▪ Christopher johnson
▪ Tyrone King, carpenter
▪ Millennium Woods, Jr., essential worker
Zadeh’s decision to leave the diverse District 9, which includes the downtown core, the Near Southside boom and several Hispanic neighborhoods, drew nine applicants.
Elizabeth Beck, a lawyer who appeared at Texas House last year, had a lead of over 45%. Fernando Peralta, logistics specialist and president of the Rosemont district followed with nearly 13%. Jared Sloane, COO, held 11.6%.
The District 9 race was the most dramatic this year.
Darien George told the Star-Telegram he would drop out of school after being criticized for his aggressive behavior, including shouting profanity at Jordan Mims after a campaign forum. George also said he had faced attacks from opponents and their supporters. Due to when he decided to step down, his name stuck on the ballot.
The first results showed that George with around 4.3% and Mims with around 8.6%
Confusion over Erik Richerson’s eligibility also created drama. Richerson was convicted of robbery in the late 1990s when he was 17, but his right to vote was restored by a Washington state judge earlier this week. The city secretary’s office had said his conviction made him ineligible for a post, but overturned the decision after receiving qualifying documents.
In a statement earlier this week, Richerson said the back and forth around his eligibility after early voting began had made the results in District 9 questionable.
Richerson had about 5.7% of the first votes.
Other candidates include
▪ Ricardo Avitia, administrative work, with 2.4%
▪ Doyle Fine, independent entrepreneur, with 1.3%
▪ Sabrina Renteria, event organizer, with 8.3%