Fort Worth District 9 no longer a contested race; District 5 candidate says he's still in

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FORT WORTH -- The two-way race for Fort Worth's City Council District 9 lasted little more than two days before challenger Graham Brizendine withdrew officially Monday, leaving incumbent Joel Burns unopposed in his re-election bid.

In Council District 5, challenger John Tunmire said Monday he was still in the race against incumbent Frank Moss and challenger Gyna Bivens. Tunmire said he was pranked by a friend who, he said, sent a fake email using the candidate's personal Gmail account announcing Tunmire's withdrawal Thursday.

Brizendine, an Oakhurst real estate broker who is moving his family to the Berkeley Place neighborhood, filed his candidacy late Friday. He filed papers to withdraw Monday, the last day a candidate could do so without appearing on the May 11 ballot.

"Due to the current status of transitioning from Oakhurst to Berkeley, my family and I have decided that serving the City of Fort Worth would be enhanced by doing so in the near future rather than immediately," Brizendine said in a statement.

"I want to have time to take the pulse of our new Berkeley/Mistletoe Heights neighbors so as to expand my ability to represent the constituents across District 9," Brizendine said.

"Neighborhoods are important to me; not only where we may be currently, but where we have been."

Tunmire contacted the Star-Telegram Monday to say he was still in the race and had not withdrawn and thrown his support to Bivens, as the email from his account had announced Thursday.

"My office is here in my home," said Tunmire, who owns an east side firm.

"I had a friend over here last week, and she was sitting here and saw this email come in (from a Star-Telegram reporter), and she decided she was going to answer it.

"It's part of the reason why she's no longer a friend," Tunmire said.

Tunmire said he discovered the problem Friday, after his withdrawal appeared in a Star-Telegram news account.

In summarizing his platform, Tunmire described himself as conservative and said "Fort Worth is missing out on a gold mine" by not developing plans for light rail between Fort Worth and Dallas, running along the Highway 80 corridor through Arlington.

Scott Nishimura

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