Hicks the more experienced leader for Fort Worth District 8 seat

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This editorial has been modified from how it originally was published in the Star-Telegram and on Star-Telegram.com to correct the middle name of Kelly Allen Gray.

The residents of Fort Worth's District 8 are fortunate to have two people running to represent them on the City Council who are hardworking, goal-oriented, passionate individuals committed to serving their community and the entire city.

Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray, a longtime neighborhood leader, won the seat a year ago in a special election after then-Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks stepped down and ran unsuccessfully for Congress. Hicks wants her old job back.

Both women have been dedicated servants.

Gray has lived up to her reputation as a tenacious community organizer able to confront issues at a grassroots level, tackling major code enforcement concerns that, among other things, she says, resulted in getting 573 vacant lots mowed and more than 1,300 street lights replaced in the short time she has been on the council.

But Hicks, having served seven years on the council before her race for Congress, clearly is the more experienced candidate and the one with a broader vision for a district that has faced numerous challenges over the years.

Her focus has been to bring more economic development to the largely southeast area she represented, which includes Morningside, Highland Hills, Rolling Hills, Poly, Mitchell Boulevard and parts of Riverside and Meadowbrook.

During her tenure on the council, Hicks helped spearhead a long list of major projects, including the new Renaissance Center on the site of the old Masonic Home and School. That complex is anchored by a Wal-Mart Super Center, providing one of the first major grocery stores to locate in that area in decades.

Other accomplishments she proudly touts are the East Rosedale Street renovation, more than 50 new single-family houses on the near southeast side close to downtown, the Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, renovation of Cobb Park and the Sycamore Golf Course and a new library.

If elected, Hicks would bring her bundle of tenacity, undying enthusiasm for her constituents and strong leadership qualities to the job with an eye on continuing economic progress the district has experienced recently. As for Gray, regardless of the election outcome, there's no doubt she will continue being of service to this community.

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends Kathleen Hicks for Fort Worth City Council District 8.

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