Endorsement: Betsy Price for Fort Worth mayor

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announces she’ll run again

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price tells WFAA she’ll run for another term.
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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price tells WFAA she’ll run for another term.

It’s a bit of a stretch for most people to think they could be mayor of the 15th-largest city in the United States.

How much of a stretch? You’ve got to be able to have a 35,000-foot view while rubbing elbows with top public and private leaders from across the nation and the world — while having your feet planted firmly on the ground.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is one of the rarefied few who excel at both. Folksy, unpretentious and plainspoken, Price is comfortable in all circles.

Since her first election in 2011, the former businesswoman and Tarrant County Tax Assessor has created or nudged along an array of initiatives and improvements, not the least of which is the new TEXRail commuter rail to DFW. Finishing it took great perseverance and the cooperation of a multitude of government officials.

Price has led efforts to stabilize the city pension fund, promote a healthier city and make it more inclusive through the Race and Culture Task Force.

She’s urged on improvements in neglected neighborhoods, overseen the building of a new police and fire training center, and had a hand in creating the Read Fort Worth literacy project, an after-school nonprofit, and several popular athletic events. Last year, after personally learning of stalled funding in Washington for Central City/Panther Island, she called for a program/management review of the $1.17 billion project.

All the while, she has helped court corporate titans such as General Electric, Facebook and Amazon.

Our many meetings with city council candidates reaffirmed that two of Fort Worth’s greatest needs are racial understanding and public transit. The next mayor will have her work cut out for herself on both counts — implementing greater citizen oversight of police interactions, and expanding mobility to neighborhoods and residents needing help getting to work, shopping and dining. For her part, Mayor Price must not underestimate, and should take care to address, the continuing racial angst here.

With a May 4 election to a fifth term, which we heartily endorse, Betsy Price would become the longest-serving, and one of the most accomplished, mayors in the history of Cowtown.