Mattie Parker is the next presumptive mayor of Fort Worth, winning a Saturday night run-off against Tarrant County Democratic Party Chair Deborah Peoples.
”Fort Worth, you have just elected the youngest mayor of a big city in the United States of America,” Parker told supporters Saturday night.
Parker, who served as chief of staff for Mayor Betsy Price for five years and earned her endorsement, will replace the retiring mayor who has served in the office since 2011.
Parker thanked Price for “serving our community for 10 years and for allowing me to be the best version of myself.”
The 37-year-old attorney is currently CEO of Fort Worth Cradle to Career and Tarrant To & Through Partnership, which work to improve training in schools to prepare students for the workforce.
Parker is confident about Fort Worth’s future. “I come from a place of optimism,” Parker previously told The Texan.
“We have to tackle some tough challenges like growth and infrastructure, but I believe we are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic well-positioned. I believe we have to eliminate red tape at city hall that keeps small businesses from success.”
Responding to a question during a candidate forum, Parker said she hopes to ...