Voters in Fort Worth, Crowley and Pelican Bay head back to the polls today to settle several City Council and school board runoffs that were forced when nobody got a majority of the vote in the May 11 elections.Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. In Fort Worth, two school board races are up for grabs: District 1, incumbent Carlos Vasquez vs. Jacinto Ramos Jr., who got 46.4 percent of the vote in the May 11 election to Vasquez’s 30.7; and District 9, incumbent Juan Rangel vs. Ashley Paz, who got 49.8 percent of the May 11 vote to Rangel’s 46.Ramos has said he wants to increase parent involvement and address the school district budget, which he calls “inefficient.” Vasquez has said reducing student dropout rates and improving academic achievement are among his priorities. He also has said Ramos is too inexperienced.First elected in 2000, Rangel said he is concerned about the dropout rate and school safety. Paz has campaigned on improving neighborhood and underperforming schools and improving transparency on the board.Fort Worth’s District 5 City Council runoff features incumbent Frank Moss vs. Gyna Bivens, who won 47.3 of the May 11 vote to Moss’ 43.9. Moss, a real estate agent who lives in Stop Six, has campaigned on accomplishments such as the completion of a plan for the redevelopment of the Cavile Place public housing project. Bivens, a nonprofit executive who lives in Ramey Place, argues that the pace of change in the southeast district is too slow and the city has ignored too much blight.In Crowley City Council Place 3, incumbent Jesse Johnson faces James Dornan. Johnson got 48.9 percent of the vote in the May election to Dornan’s 26.9.In Pelican Bay City Council Place 4, incumbent Glen Oberg faces Tish Allen. They tied in the May election, each receiving 54 votes.Oberg and Allen have been at odds over the city’s finances and police. Allen, 28, a stay-at-home mom, thinks the city needs to be more transparent about telling residents how the money is being spent. Allen has also criticized the police, saying they must do more to win the trust of the residents. Oberg, 73, said the city needs to watch spending, but that Pelican Bay is taking steps to get it under control.
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