Politics & Government

Daphne Brookins wins race to represent District 4 for FW schools

Daphne Brookins won a three-way race to represent Fort Worth school board District 4 and replace retired school board member T.A. Sims.

Brookins claimed 61.02% of the vote, Johnny Cook-Muhammad drew 24.55% and Terry D.T. Miles picked up 14.43%, in unofficial results.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to serve as trustee for District 4,” Brookins said late Tuesday night. “I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues and bringing academic excellence to District 4 and working with students and families.”

A special election was called to replace Sims, a retired pharmacist, who retired earlier this year after representing this district for about 35 years.

District 4 is in southeast Fort Worth and part of Forest Hill and includes schools such as Trimble Tech and Wyatt high schools and Green, Sellars and Morningside elementary schools.

The election for this unpaid post is for a partial four-year term. This post will be up for a full term in 2021.

Three candidates jumped into the race: Miles, 51, a fine arts liaison and parliamentarian for the O.D. Wyatt Alumni Association; Cook-Muhammad, 54, a family program manager who works with young fathers and children from single family homes; and Brookins, 51, a former city council member and mayor pro tem from Forest Hill who serves as a youth administrator for Workforce Solutions For Tarrant County.

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Anna M. Tinsley grew up in a journalism family and has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 2001. She has covered the Texas Legislature and politics for more than two decades and has won multiple awards for political reporting, most recently a third place from APME for deadline writing. She is a Baylor University graduate.