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Old 02-11-2019, 01:18 PM
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I just read about Deborah Peoples running for mayor. Does anyone have any information about her? I looked online and didn't find much. How good of a job do you think Betsy Price is doing?
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:51 PM
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We need a new mayor considering Fort Worth is increasingly becoming a Dallas surburb due to lack of commercial activity in the city. Residential growth far outpaces job growth in the city, which is a clear signal that new leadership is needed. The Panther Island project debacle is another clear signal that new leadership is needed, considering this project has been mismanaged for years with very little oversight.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:56 PM
Location: Bedford
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I agree with what you have said, but I have trouble hanging the Panther Island mess on her. The city's financial contribution is tiny and their authority over the project is almost non-existent.

Mayor Price is a great person, but I don't know that she has what it takes to lead a city that needs a kick in the butt. She is exactly what people that matter in the city want: a guardian of the status quo, rarely wades out of the shallow end of controversy (see pension shortfall and race relations), supports the idea that all development is good even if it means continuing to subsidize projects approaching or extending beyond the border of Tarrant County, she looks good on a horse and talks like a Texan*. I don't care how many town hall meetings she has on bike trails. There's little, if anything, innovative or visionary about her approach. She's content to accept Texrail as the ultimate transit consolation prize with no plan going beyond that. She has been happy to defer to Dallas and go with a regional approach to attracting business.

I agree that a change in leadership and a fresh approach is needed, but the fact that you can Google her opponent's name and find little tangible information tells you a lot about her chances. Going up against a popular, multi-term incumbent (that hasn't had a serious opponent since her first election) with a $3 million war chest takes a proactive networking approach that we haven't seen yet. Change isn't going to happen this time around.

* This may sound like ephemera or trivia, but it matters to a lot of people. If she had the same accent as Mike Rawlings, she wouldn't be on the parks board, much less on the council or in the mayor's office.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:18 PM
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The problem also lies that there aren't any other people running who can noticeably beat her. You guys said it better than me, one can hope but I doubt she will ever lose an election in this city. She'll retire as mayor, and I don't want to get banned by an admin/moderator but our city, county and state have a tendency of voting for one party regardless of what he or she may stand for. *rolls eyes*
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Old 02-20-2019, 02:33 PM
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It amazing no successful business person, entrepreneurs, council members, attorneys, and so on has ran against her. In Dallas you have all types of people running for mayor. This goes well with stereotype of Fort Worth not being inclusive, pro business, open minded etc.
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