With local elections soon to hit Texas, a new name has entered the ring for what is looking to be a hotly contested battle for control of Fort Worth’s city council.

“It’s time for an aggressive and proactive approach to city council,” Michael Matos declared in his candidacy announcement on Facebook. The focus of his campaign revolves around combatting human trafficking, infrastructure, and flooding.

Matos has been highly critical of the Panther Island project, one that Texas Scorecard has also been critical of, calling it a “boondoggle” and suggesting an independent audit in November of 2018. Matos also spoke against the city’s “Race and Culture Task Force,” stating that they needed to pay attention to the Hispanic community.

Matos recently praised voters in Keller ISD for voting in favor of the recent tax increase, calling it “A win for all!” Also known as a “swap and drop,” the vote was covered by Texas Scorecard and revealed to be another tax hike supporting a school district that consistently runs deficits.

Matos is the latest to announce that he will vie for a seat on the Fort Worth City Council. Matos will be challenging District 7 Councilman Dennis Shingleton, who has been in office since 2011. Currently, this leaves Councilmen Carlos Flores of District 2, Bryan Bird of District 3, and Jungus Jordan of District 6 unchallenged.

It was previously reported that United Fort Worth, a leftist group that organized around their failed effort to pressure Fort Worth to join the Senate Bill 4 lawsuit, is targeting the city council this election cycle. While his stance on the Panther Island project is praiseworthy, taxpayers would be wise to question if Mr. Matos is affiliated with UFW and what his plans are for property taxes and the budget.


Robert Montoya

Born in Houston, Robert Montoya is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard. He believes transparency is the obligation of government.


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