Fort Worth’s longest-serving mayor, Besty Price announced that she will not run for re-election.
71-year-old Mayor Betsy Price confirmed that she is not running a sixth two-year term. She has served in the post for the past 10 years since 2011 and is the longest-serving mayor.
She said, "There’s no perfect answer as to the time you should step aside, but you should step aside when you have the feeling that you’re ready."
"Just as I felt called to do this job, I feel called to step aside."
This announcement from her was expected. She said, "I want to thank all of the people of Fort Worth for giving me your trust and confidence in my family for giving me the time."
Mayor Price’s decision came at a crucial time in the history of the city as everyone deals with the ongoing pandemic and economic challenges.
The criminal case against former Fort Worth Officer Aaron Dean, who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson inside her home, is still under trial.
She said, shepherding the community through this global pandemic has certainly been one of the most difficult and challenging times we’ve had. Like many US cities, we’ve worked through the challenges of the pandemic and civil unrest in the wake of racial tensions."
"It wasn’t easy, and we didn’t always get it right. We’ve given it our best, and I think we have done a pretty good job, I would say."
With pride, Mayor Price touched various milestones.