Democrats in Tarrant County fell short of their goal to gain influence in Fort Worth as Mayor Betsy Price and her allies staved off their challengers.
The mayoral campaign of Deborah Peoples, chair of the Tarrant County Democratic Party who was recently endorsed by Bernie Sanders, was the most naked example of Democrats attempting to increase their presence in local governments. United Fort Worth, the leftist group that failed to get Fort Worth to join the lawsuit against Texas’ sanctuary city ban, also launched an effort to gain power and influence on the city council this year. Both fell short in their bids by a wide margin.
Mayor Betsy Price defeated Peoples 55 to 41 percent.
Michael Matos, another candidate heavily supported by and allied with radical leftist groups, also fell short in his bid to unseat Councilman Dennis Shingleton, capturing only 20 percent of the vote. This election was Matos’ second bid for a seat on the council.
“Overall, tonight’s results are a good indication that the current incumbents in the City of Fort Worth are doing very well,” District 4 Councilman Cary Moon, who handily won re-election as well, told Texas Scorecard. “The majority of Fort Worth residents are seeing that—while we face a lot of challenges and growth with the increasing of taxes—overall, your mayor and council are working hard to get in front of these issues with minimal impact to our residents.”
“Overall, it’s a great outcome for the City of Fort Worth and [its] residents,” Moon added.