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Mattie Parker wins Fort Worth mayoral run for GOP

FORT WORTH, Texas – Mattie Parker declared victory on Saturday as the next mayor of Fort Worth, Texas. It keeps it one of America’s largest cities with a GOP mayor.

The 37-year-old Parker was in a run-off with Deborah Peoples, a former Democratic county chairman hoping to become the city’s first Black mayor.

Parker has now become the youngest mayor of a major city. Peoples conceded defeat because Parker had more than 53 percent of the vote, while the ballots were still being counted.

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Deborah Peoples, Democratic candidate for mayor of Fort Worth, attends a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 5, 2021. Republican Mattie Parker was elected the next mayor of Fort Worth on Saturday, holding it one of America’s few major cities with a GOP mayor. (Yffy Yossifor / Star-Telegram via AP)

“Today’s election was a turning point. The whole country was watching, ‘said Parker, fans gathered at a western Lola’s pub, Dallas News. report.

‘Because of your support here tonight, we’ll be doing extraordinary things for Fort Worth, Texas. No. 1 brings our city together. Hear me and hear me well: we are going to demonstrate that a world-class city is capable of being a leading destination. We are one of the best cities in the country to live, work, play and build a family. ”

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The local news report added that both candidates focused on important issues facing the city’s residents due to partisan politics: transportation, attracting large businesses and jobs, education and how to promote community unity.

Parker will succeed her former boss, the outgoing mayor of Fort Worth, Betsy Price, a Republican who retires after ten years and was the longest-serving mayor of the thriving city that includes 1 million residents.

“Mattie undoubtedly has the heart for service and the head for the policy that we must lead Fort Worth in this time of rapid growth and change,” the outgoing mayor said in a prepared statement. “The new voice and fresh perspective Mattie brings to the table will be invaluable to the Fort Worth City Council.”

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Parker is a lawyer, a former Price chief of staff, and founder of the education coalition Fort Worth Cradle to Career and the student of training provider Tarrant To & Through (T3).

Parker is sworn in on June 15.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who endorsed Parker, said in a prepared statement on Saturday: “Congratulations to Mattie Parker on her victory to become the next mayor of Fort Worth. Mattie is a true leader who will fight for ‘ to build a safer and more prosperous future for the people of Fort Worth. ‘

The Epoch Times contributed to this report.

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