FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Just over 100 days ago, Betsy Price was sworn in as Mayor of Fort Worth.
Since then, Price has had to oversee the shaping of spending policies in a new budget while filling the shoes of long-time mayor Mike Moncrief, all at a time when Price was trying to learn the basics of the office such as the intricacies of conducting council meetings.
“She has a lot of energy,” said UTA Political Science professor Allan Saxe, a close watcher of North Texas politics. “She has a keen understanding of the budget and fiscal problems. And I think her service as tax assessor-collector is serving her very well in that capacity.”
Price’s first 100 days will shape how battles on other issues will play out in the months ahead.
“There are some big issues awaiting her that would await any mayor and that is budget problems, redistricting,” Saxe said. “Oh, and there are the problems funding workers pensions.”
But Saxe says Price has formed a bond with the public that will help her in those upcoming battles.
She’s often seen outside the office and sharing her personal life with the public, and Saxe believes that is what makes Price more than just an elected city administrator.
“But also she’s now opening up her personality in a way she did not have to do in her other role,” Saxe said. “So all in all, I think she’s off to a very good start.”
And Price says that was exactly her plan when she took office. “We talked a lot about getting open and more customer friendly,” Price said. “We’re trying to welcome people in more and make them feel like this is your Fort Worth. Get them here, get the door open and let them know we’re there to serve them.”
The next 100 days should test how well that philosophy works with looming debates ranging from natural gas regulation to redrawing voting district lines.