FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Tarrant County Democratic Party Chair Deborah Peoples and former Chief of Staff for outgoing Mayor Betsy Price and the Fort Worth City Council Mattie Parker appear headed to compete in a runoff election to determine who becomes Fort Worth’s next mayor.
As of 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 1, Peoples had 35% of the vote (15,861) and Parker had 31% (13,929).
The next closest candidate, Fort Worth City Councilman Brian Byrd, had 15% of the vote (6,540).
Mayor Price announced in January she would not seek another term in office.
She was first elected in 2011.
Mayor Price endorsed Parker in the May 1 special election.
Peoples also ran for mayor two years ago.
“Ms. Peoples with her experience with the Democratic Party, she’s got a wide organization. Miss Parker has the support of a lot of city leaders and endorsements. Also, these are non-partisan elections, but I think the partisan labels are a little bit more clear in this particular election than perhaps it’s been in the past.”
The runoff election will take place on June 5.