Fort Worth council challenger Gyna Bivens outraises incumbent Frank Moss

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City Council candidate Gyna Bivens’ campaign staged a big financial rally over six weeks in May and mid-June, raising $49,960 for her Saturday runoff against incumbent Frank Moss.

A Fort Worth Police Officers Association PAC continued to be the largest contributor to Bivens and the Southeast Fort Worth District 5 race, giving $43,235 to Bivens in the six-week period, for a total $63,235 to her campaign, according to a Bivens campagin finance filing Thursday. She leads Moss by a wide margin in fundraising.

Bivens, a Fort Worth nonprofit executive, reported spending $37,493 during the six weeks through June 12, for a total $77,957 spent during the campaign. She reported $12,466 in cash on hand.

Moss, a Fort Worth realtor, reported earlier this week that his campaign raised $16,405 between May 1 and May 31, spent $21,332, and had $6,385 in cash on hand. From Jan. 1 through last Friday, Moss reported raising a total $42,301 and spending $40,562.

Moss’ largest contributor was the Fort Worth Firefighters Committee for Responsible Government, which gave $5,000 in April and $5,000 in May.

In the May 11 election, Bivens won 1,192 votes, or 47.34 percent of the ballots cast, to Moss’ 1,107, or 43.96 percent. Challenger John Tunmire, a Handley real estate broker, won 219 votes, enough to force the runoff, and he has endorsed Bivens.

Of Bivens’ fundraising in the latest period, $23,900 came after June 4, including $20,000 of the Fort Worth police officers’ Committee for Public Safety contribution.

Other Bivens contributors included former Fort Worth T Board member Gary Havener, $1,750, and Sendera Title executive Marjie Wrigley, $2,000.

Other Moss contributors in May included the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors, $1,000; Centurion American Development Group executives Mehrdad Moayedi and Ross Calhoun, $1,000 and $1,500 respectively; Walsh Holdings President Malcolm Louden, $1,000; West Meadowbrook leaders Don Boren and Wanda Conlin, $500; East/Northeast Councilman Danny Scarth, $200; and Mayor Betsy Price, $150. Price, who backed all incumbents in their races, gave $250 to Moss in April.

Some contributors were hedging their bets. Attorney Jim Schell, a $500 Moss contributor, also gave $500 to Bivens’ campaign in the latest period. The Freese & Nichols PAC gave $200 to both campaigns in the latest period. The Freese & Nichols PAC also gave $250 to Moss’ campaign in April.

The public safety associations’ contributions followed the City Council’s major changes last fall to the city pension plan. Moss voted for the changes. The police and firefighters PACs also backed Jim Lane and Kathleen Hicks in their losing bids against incumbents Sal Espino and Kelly Allen Gray. The firefighters are in contract talks with the city.

District 5 includes Stop Six, Handley, parts of Meadowbrook, Mallard Cove, River Trails and CentrePort.

Scott Nishimura, 817-390-7808 Twitter: @JScottNishimura

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