FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Betsy Price likes her job as the mayor of Fort Worth and wants to keep it. Today, surrounded by supporters, Price announced that she will seek re-election.
“We still have work to do and that’s why I’m announcing that I’m running again. I want to continue the job,” she told the crowd. “I do love this job. You know, I wasn’t necessarily looking for this job, it came looking for me. And I think it’s not a job for me, it’s a passion.”
Detailing her accomplishments, Price pointed to a reduced crime rate and progress on the Interstate-35W reconstruction project. She admitted the city still faces rail and bus transportation issues. “We’ve got to do a better job at delivering mass transit for this city,” she said.
Price said she still has a little over $100,000 left over from her campaign two years ago, and hopes that money will go long way toward a campaign that will be les expensive than her first.
“Last time it was an extremely expensive race,” she recalled. “It was the first time the city had ever spent more than a million dollars on a mayor’s race. So I’m optimistic it won’t cost that this time.”
Community leaders, elected officials and supporters looked on as Price held up a pair of western boots, vowing to remain a boots on the ground mayor.
Price said Fort Worth is ‘one of the safest big cities around’ and recognized an important statistic. “Crime is down 8-percent for this (sic) past three quarters,” she said. “That’s amazing for a city our size.”
As for her family, Price said they support her decision to run and often tell other that the city gained a great mayor but they lost a babysitter.
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