Deborah Peoples and Mattie Parker were the top vote-getters Saturday night in a wide field of 10 candidates. Peoples is chairwoman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party and would become Fort Worth’s first Black mayor if elected. Parker is the former chief of staff to outgoing Mayor Betsy Price and carried the endorsement of city business leaders.
The runoff is June 5.
Price was first elected in 2011 and is Fort Worth’s longest-serving mayor. She decided not to run for an unprecedented sixth term and backed Parker, a lawyer, mother of three, and Price's former chief of staff.
Peoples, chair of the Tarrant County Democratic party and a former AT&T executive, has run for mayor twice before. If elected, she would become the city's first Black mayor.
The winner is set to take over a rapidly changing Fort Worth. The city has grown to nearly 1 million residents, and Democrats have made fast inroads in surrounding Tarrant County, one of the GOP’s biggest strongholds in Texas.
Parker and Peoples edged out two city council members, Bryan Byrd and Ann Zadeh, to make the runoff.
Parker and Peoples both promised to run positive campaigns in the next month.
"I've cast a vision wide and clear about the future of Fort Worth, Texas, and what it means to be a uniting city and I think it's resonating with people," Parker said in an interview at her victory party at a bar off West 7th Street.
Parker declined to criticize Peoples and said the two actually get along well, sympathizing with each other at a recent campaign event about a lack of sleep.
Peoples celebrated at a private gathering at home with a small group of family and friends because of concerns about COVID-19.
"Mattie is great but I think people are looking for experienced leadership and they want somebody who has the heart of the city and is ready to run," Peoples said in a Zoom interview.
Parker is the former chief of staff for Mayor Betsy Price and received the outgoing mayor's endorsement, as well as the backing of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association and Fort Worth Fire Professional Firefighters Association. She is also the founding CEO of Fort Worth Cradle to Career and the Tarrant To & Through Partnership.
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Peoples, the chairperson of the Tarrant County Democratic Party, is running for mayor for the second consecutive cycle, after coming up 13 percentage points short against Betsy Price in 2019. She has worked as a vice president at AT&T and, if elected, would focus on health care, justice, education, the economy and infrastructure, according to her campaign website.
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