Don’t bring party politics to council table


In a year when two of the leading presidential contenders are a former third-party candidate and an independent, you’d think it would be clear that organized politics and parties are not in favor.

Yet Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is going against the grain.

Price has been named chairwoman of the Virginia-based Community Leaders of America’s national caucus of GOP mayors and council members. The organization’s published goal is to elect more Republicans to city and local offices.

Price’s stake in the party is not in question. She served 10 years as a popular Tarrant County tax assessor-collector. and her political endorsement is widely sought.

But taking a partisan side is always detrimental for any mayor or City Council member. Their first job is to work with voters in both parties to reach decisions that are best for their city, not attach themselves to the party or platform of some faraway clique.

Yes, Price might enlist the Community Leaders to help convince the heavily Republican Texas Legislature not to limit cities or push more costs to the local level.

But if Price’s goal is to elect more Republicans, that is time she should spend working on the needs of all Fort Worth.