Republican candidates for Tarrant tax assessor discuss issues.

Candidates for Tarrant County tax assessor discussed the issues during a forum at Diamond Oaks Country Club.
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Candidates for Tarrant County tax assessor discussed the issues during a forum at Diamond Oaks Country Club.

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