Fort Worth’s District 3 Councilman W.B. “Zim” Zimmerman has already drawn an opponent for the May city election.
Brian Byrd, who lives in the Meadows West neighborhood, has designated his campaign treasurer in a filing with the city secretary’s office.
Byrd, 46, a physician and founder of Texas Family Medicine on Harris Parkway, said he’s been planning a run for the City Council for some time.
“I’m running on my experience of service and leadership,” Byrd said. “People are feeling like it’s time for a change.”
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Zimmerman has served District 3 since 2009.
Byrd is the latest person to announce a political challenge. Most recently, Jennifer Trevino and Steve Thornton have said they are running against District 2 Councilman Sal Espino, who has yet to announce whether he’s seeking re-election.
Backing the blue
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, met with area law enforcers recently, hoping to address ongoing tensions between the community and police.
“Over the past few months, certain events have escalated tensions with the greater police community,” Barton, whose district includes part of Arlington, said during a recent gathering at the Ellis County sheriff’s office Law Enforcement Center. “Law enforcement, like every profession — including members of Congress — has good apples and bad apples. Unfortunately, a few horrific cases have led to awful violence, including what happened in North Texas this summer.
“Law enforcement officers are among our nation’s most heroic and vital public servants,” he said. “Their service impacts each of us on a daily basis.
The election is just around the corner.
If you don’t have a photo ID, there’s still time to get one.
Also, a number of driver license offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday just to issue Election Identification Certificates. Local offices that will be open include:
- Fort Worth-East Office, 3500 Miller Ave.
- Fort Worth-Mega Center, 8301 Brentwood Stair Road
- Fort Worth-South Office, 6413 Woodway Drive
- Hurst Office, 624 NE Loop 820
Election Day will be here before you know it.
To ask for a ballot by mail, call the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-8683. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Friday.
Staff writer Sandra Baker contributed to this report.
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