Early voting starts for city runoff elections

06/08/2014 3:28 PM

06/08/2014 3:29 PM

Early voting starts Monday in the municipal runoff elections, with city council seats in Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City and River Oaks up for grabs.

Ann Zadeh, 47, and Ed Lasater, 44, are going head-to-head in the race for Fort Worth City Council District 9.

One of the most economically and cultural diverse districts in the city, the area has 90,000 residents, almost 60 percent of them Hispanic, and stretches from Interstate 20 and Interstate 35W on the south through the near south and west sides to downtown and near-northeast areas.

Despite the fact important races are on the balot, Stephen Vickers, chief deputy elections administrator for Tarrant County, expects a “very low” voter turnout.

“In the runoff election, there is going to be a lot of voter fatigue,” Vickers said, because voters had the March primary election, a primary runoff and the May 10 election.

Zadeh received 31.29 percent of the vote in May, and Lasater came in second with 24.01 percent. They were among six candidates seeking the seat being vacated by Councilman Joel Burns, who is stepping down to obtain a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School in Massachusetts. Burns agreed to stay until a replacement is elected.

Zadeh, 47, a resident of Bluebonnet Hills, is a former mayoral appointee and chairwoman of the Fort Worth Zoning Commission who says her educational background and work experience in city planning will be beneficial as a councilwoman with Fort Worth’s rapid growth.

Lasater, 44, a resident of Berkeley Place who is in a family consulting business, also worked as an attorney in municipal law and also for the Tarrant County district attorney’s office under Tim Curry. He says his experience in law and in business have made him aware of issues facing the city.

In other Tarrant County runoff races, LuAnn Chapman Gatts is up against Duff O'Dell for Place 6 on the Grapevine City Council; Brent Weast and Trae Fowler are facing off for City Council Place 4 in Haltom City; and John Claridge and Bruce Scott are competing for Place 3 on the River Oaks City Council.

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