Candidates lining up for Fort Worth District 2 council seat

Sal Espino
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The race for the Fort Worth City Council District 2 seat, now held by Sal Espino, is heating up.

Espino, in his sixth term, said he won’t announce his decision about seeking re-election until January. But, Jennifer Trevino in August set up a campaign treasury, and Steve Thornton, who ran against Espino two years ago, says he’s running again.

Candidate filing begins Jan. 17. The election is May 6.

Trevino, 40, a vice president at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, was appointed by Espino to the City Plan Commission and serves on other city and community boards. She said she was “encouraged and inspired” by some elected officials to run.

Overseeing growth in District 2, from the Stockyards redevelopment and the Trinity River Vision project, is a part of her platform, Trevino said.

Thornton, a retired Fort Worth firefighter, who nearly beat Espino in the May 2015 election, has $718 in a campaign fund, according to filings.

Big screen debate

Are you ready for tonight’s presidential debate?

If so, and you want to see it in a different way — on a really big screen — then you are in luck.

Regal Entertainment Group is showing Sunday’s 8 p.m. presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for free on more than 200 movie theaters across the country.

“While our auditoriums feature the likes of Batman V. Superman or Alien vs. Predator, we are excited to offer voters a chance to watch Clinton vs. Trump as they go head to head on the big screen,” said Steve Bunnell, Chief Content and Programming Officer at Regal Entertainment Group.

Locally, you can watch the debate at Regal Fossil Creek Stadium 11, 6100 N. Freeway in Fort Worth. Anyone who shows up to watch the debate, and buys popcorn, gets a free small drink.

Large, organized local debate watch gatherings are in short demand for the second debate, since the Texas Rangers will be playing around the same time. But the Mid-Cities Democrats is hosting a debate watch party at Los Jimadores Tex-Mex Tequila Factory, 3314 Harwood Rd. in Bedford. The event is free to attend but members suggest a $5 donation to help fund local candidates.

New judge

There’s a new judge in town.

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court named Fort Worth attorney Brooke Allen to take over as Probate Court No. 2 Judge, replacing Patrick W. Ferchill who retired Aug. 31.

Allen, a partner with Moses, Palmer and Howell LLP, unsuccessfully sought the Republican Party nomination for the 348th District Court in the March primary.

“Brooke Allen’s legal experience not only with the probate court system but also with related business disputes, real estate issues and fiduciary claims made her uniquely qualified for this appointment,” County Judge Glen Whitley said.


U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, has been recognized by the National Peace Corps Association, along with Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., for their bipartisanship with the 2016 Sam Farr Congressional Leadership Award.

The award, formerly known as the Congressional Leadership Award, has been renamed in honor of Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., a former Peace Corps volunteer and member of the House Appropriations Committee who is retiring from Congress this year.

Also, Fort Worth’s Preston “Pete” Geren, a former congressman, former Secretary of the Army and current president and chief executive officer of the Sid Richardson Foundation, is one of six alums receiving distinguished alumnus awards from the University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 28. Geren has a B.A. and a law degree from the school.

Staff writer Sandra Baker contributed to this report.

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610

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Election Information

Election Day will be here before you know it. For more information about candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot, go to the Star-Telegram’s website, www.star-telegram.com, to read the online Voters Guide.