Westcliff neighborhood meeting touches on mayoral race

Mayoral candidates Cathy Hirt, Jim Lane, Dan Barrett and Betsy Price shared their priorities for the city when they spoke to citizens at the Westcliff Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday evening.

Hirt said as mayor she would address wide issues such as city growth as well as issues specific to Fort Worth such as urban city drilling.

“I am running for mayor because I care deeply about Fort Worth and I care where we are going as a city,” Hirt said.

Lane said he grew up in Fort Worth and is a good candidate because of his experience in city government.

“Neighborhoods are very important to me,” Lane said.

Barrett said he wants to change the way decisions are made in City Hall to increase openness and make sure ordinary people’s voices are heard.

“I want to change business as usual in Fort Worth,” Barrett said.

Price said Fort Worth needs a businesswoman and leader who will make strong decisions and address budget issues.

The candidates answered questions asked by citizens in an open forum, addressing issues such as the flooding on Granbury Road, the closing of public pools and libraries and the Trinity River Vision.

The meeting also covered plans for the Westcliff Neighborhood Association, such as the purchase of additional sign toppers to spread the word about the association.
Westcliff Neighborhood Association plans to hold a Fourth of July picnic and hopes to draw in more members from the community.