Elections

Have you voted? Saturday is Election Day in Fort Worth, Arlington.

Fort Worth mayoral candidates debate at TCU forum

Fort Worth incumbent Mayor Betsy Price debates with challengers Deborah Peoples and James McBride at a TCU forum Monday, April 29, 2019. The candidates discuss their platforms and debate the merits of the Panther Island project.
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Fort Worth incumbent Mayor Betsy Price debates with challengers Deborah Peoples and James McBride at a TCU forum Monday, April 29, 2019. The candidates discuss their platforms and debate the merits of the Panther Island project.

In Fort Worth, Arlington and across Tarrant County, voters can choose council members, mayors and school board members Saturday.

Tarrant County polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can find their polling place and sample ballots online or by calling 817-831-8683.

Not sure who to vote for? Read the Star-Telegram’s voter guide.

In Fort Worth, voters will choose mayor and city council members. The council controls a nearly $2 billion budget and will be considering recommendations from the Race and Culture Task Force that include civilian oversight of the police department.

In Arlington, the council council controls a $521.5 million budget. Passage of term limits has led to 17 candidates running for mayor and four council seats.

The Fort Worth school district is the largest in Tarrant County, with a $795.5 million budget and 82,000 students attending 148 schools. Voters will be deciding races in four of the nine districts.

The Tarrant Regional Water District provides more than 117.5 billion gallons of water to 2.1 million people. TRWD is also the local sponsor for the Trinity River Vision project, known as Panther Island. The TRVA board is a political subdivision of TRWD.

The $1.17 billion project aims to protect 2,400 acres with a river channel that would form an island near downtown. Though approved by Congress, it has not been fully funded.

Voters can chose two water district board members for at-large seats.

Turnout for municipal elections has historically been low in Fort Worth and Arlington.

Unofficial results from the early voting show 49,133 or about 4.44 percent of registered voters in Tarrant County have cast ballots. That’s slightly better than 48,478 in 2017.

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Luke Ranker covers the intersection of people and government focused on Fort Worth and Tarrant County. He came to Texas from the plains of Kansas, where he wrote about a lot, including government, crime and courts in Topeka. He survived a single winter in Pennsylvania as a breaking news reporter. He can be reached at 817-390-7747 or lranker@star-telegram.com.


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