Race for Fort Worth's District 5 council seat gets third candidate

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FORT WORTH -- The City Council race for southeast Fort Worth's District 5 has gone three-way, with longtime broadcaster-turned-nonprofit director Gyna Bivens filing Wednesday after naming a campaign treasurer a month ago.

Incumbent Frank Moss and John Tunmire, a real estate broker, filed in January. Filing closes Friday.

Bivens, 58, executive director of the North Texas LEAD nonprofit, which connects diversity job candidates to prospective employers, said she's worried about lack of economic development for the southeast portion of the district, which stretches from Stop Six to CentrePort.

"We're all concerned about jobs ... and development coming to the area," said Bivens, who was a KRLD reporter and Fox 4 Fort Worth bureau chief. Bivens, who lives in Ramey Place near Dunbar High School, took her post at North Texas LEAD in 2006.

Bivens also said she wants to encourage nonprofit development of a database to help keep up with senior citizens who no longer have family in the area, strengthen relationships between the police and neighborhoods, and deal aggressively with severe code issues.

Bivens said she'll loan money to her campaign to get it going as she raises money.

Moss, 69, who lives in Stop Six, was elected in 2007 and re-elected twice since then.

Moss said he wants to continue to improve relationships between the district and police and keep pursuing housing and economic development, including finding the money to rebuild the aging Cavile Place housing project in Stop Six into a mixed-income development.

Moss said he also wants to continue to work on strengthening neighborhood organizations in the district.

He said he expects it'll cost $30,000 to $40,000 to run his campaign.

Regarding his health, Moss, who suffered a heart attack in 2011, said his doctors tell him he's in "good condition."

Rumors have spread in the district that he's in ill health, he said. "I'm not dying," Moss said, joking.

Tunmire, 58, has lived in Handley for four years, having moved from Dallas as a software engineer with a firm that subsequently laid him off. He now owns a residential real estate firm with 15 agents.

Scott Nishimura, 817-390-7808

Twitter: @JScottNishimura

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