FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – None of the five mayoral candidates managed to secure 50 percent of the vote, sending former tax assessor Betsy Price and former councilman Jim Lane to a runoff election.
Price earned 44 percent of the vote and Lane trailed with 26 percent. Former councilwoman Cathy Hirt secured 21 percent.
On Sunday, however, many residents said they weren’t even aware of the election results. Many said they didn’t vote and some couldn’t name the two candidates in the runoff.
In Trinity Park, only one resident correctly identified Price and Lane. However, many had strong opinions on what they want to see in their city’s next mayor.
“Someone who’s concerned about our education, with our ISDs,” said Carla Johnson, a Fort Worth resident. “The challenges our teachers face is horrendous.”
“I see a lot of construction along the Tollway,” said Ian Biggs, another resident. “I’d like to see that stay on schedule, of course.”
Price received almost 15,000 votes compared to Price’s 9,000. About 34,000 residents voted. That’s just more than 10 percent of the 326,000 registered voters in Fort Worth, according to past statistics from the city’s website.
In May of 2009, just 20,253 registered voters visited the polls, close to 14,000 fewer than this year’s.
The runoff election will take place in five weeks.