Mayor Betsy Price to run for 3rd term

By Sierra Tuthill

Mayor Betsy Price is running unopposed for her third term as the mayor of Fort Worth.
Price was elected in 2011 as the 44th mayor. She also ran unopposed in 2013.
When asked why no one is challenging her, Price said, “So many initiatives have been well received and I have continued to grow and be successful.”
Price’s focus has primarily been on promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting crime and improving mobility. Her vision for Fort Worth is to be a healthy, engaged and fiscally responsible city, according to her biography.
“I like to be active and get out and talk to the citizens and stay connected,” Price said.
Price’s vision for a fit city resulted in FitWorth. FitWorth works to end obesity in Fort Worth, especially child obesity, as the city’s population is 30 percent overweight. Price manages this citywide initiative, which focuses on stimulating active lifestyles and healthy practices, according to FitWorth’s website.
Under Price’s governance, she has helped Fort Worth become a cycling community. Bikes can be rented around Fort Worth for use on the many miles of new bike trails and lanes.
Fort Worth has also added urban villages into the cities plan. The urban villages have remained essential in her vision for rebuilding the city’s urban core. These multi-use developments encourage people to get outside and walk around. In each urban village, there are parks, businesses, homes, stores and entertainment, all within walking distance of each other. Today, there are 16 designated villages.
Price has also worked on getting the younger population of Fort Worth to be more involved in driving local public policy. During her first term, she gathered over 300 young adults and founded SteerFW.
SteerFW is an organization with a mission to make Fort Worth a diverse and energetic city by engaging emerging leaders to drive positive change. Their vision is a sustainable city with passionate, engaged and informed citizensaccording to SteerFW’s website.
“I admire the people, their friendliness and commitment to their community. Continue to volunteer, stay engaged, and always give back to your community,” Price said.
Along with SteerFW and FitWorth, her other initiatives include the Mayor’s Faith Leaders Cabinet, SPARC, Walk FW and BikeFW.
The mayoral election for incumbent Price will take place on May 9. If elected for a third term, her goal is to “see the city manage the growth and still maintain the small town attitude of a major city.”