Fort Worth council District 4: Scarth shows skill in test of fire

Posted Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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In the May 11 election for Fort Worth City Council, District 4 incumbent Danny Scarth stacks his nearly seven years of experience on the council against challenger Paul Gardner's three months and three meetings as a member of the Residential Board of Adjustment.

Gardner cites his sincere desire to help the east/northeast district move forward and says, "I think the timing is right."

For voters who expect effective representation, there's no real contest. Scarth, 52, has shown his devotion to serving constituents and has performed well against the seven-year trial by fire from making crucial city policy decisions.

Gardner, 32, aspiring public servant that he may be, simply hasn't yet demonstrated that he is up to the challenge, that his ideas to help the district are better than Scarth's or that Scarth has faltered on the council.

Scarth is the executive director of Hope Media, a video production and media services company. He's also the executive director of Turning Point, a nonprofit that provides outdoor sports and other activities for children and adults with disabilities.

Scarth suffered a neck injury while playing football during his freshman year at Trinity University in San Antonio and relies on a wheelchair for mobility. After the injury, he returned to Fort Worth and graduated from TCU.

District 4, like all council districts, changes shape this year along lines drawn by the council last year to balance population between districts. The 2010 census measured population growth of 38.6 percent across the city since 2000, with north side growth being the most explosive. The new lines put more of the fast-growth neighborhoods of far north Fort Worth into District 4.

Scarth targets those neighborhoods in planning for a bond election expected to be called for a vote in May 2014. Besides providing for roads and other infrastructure needs, he favors construction of a joint-use facility to house a north side municipal court, police substation and branch library as part of the expected $276 bond package.

For the more southern part of District 4, he said he plans to continue with economic development efforts.

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends Danny Scarth for Fort Worth City Council District 4.

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