Local NewsOutgoing Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price Announces Bid for Tarrant County Judge

With current county Judge Glen Whitley announcing his retirement, Betsy Price has declared her intended candidacy for the position.
June 10, 2021
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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price may be retiring from her service to the city, but she hopes to continue in office by serving in the position of Tarrant County judge.

Current Judge Glen Whitley officially announced this week that he will not run for re-election.  

In a large county like Tarrant, which has over 2 million residents, the county judge presides over the commissioners court and has many administrative functions.

It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve my county and to do so alongside my fellow commissioners. I am proud of all that we have accomplished together to make Tarrant County among the most innovative and collaborative counties in the nation,” he said at the commissioners court meeting on June 8.

Whitley’s current term will conclude in December 2022. He was first elected in 2007.

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Price has not made an official announcement, but she told WFAA that she was “just getting this out there softly” and will make a formal announcement later.

Tim O’Hare, who has served as Tarrant County Republican Party chair and Farmers Branch mayor, announced his candidacy for county judge in May. He has garnered many local endorsements, including Sheriff Bill Waybourn, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX-26) and Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX-24), and several state legislators.

Price was elected as the Tarrant County tax assessor-collector in 2000. She then ran for mayor of Fort Worth in 2011 and was re-elected four times. She endorsed the recent winner of the Fort Worth mayoral race, Mattie Parker.

“I’ve got a track record,” she told WFAA. “The county deserves a strong energetic conservative that can bring some consensus.”

During Price’s years in office as mayor of Fort Worth, the city moved from a property tax rate of $0.855 in 2012 to $0.7475 per $100 valuation in 2021. However, the city’s general fund budget increased from $1.4 billion to $2 billion. The city also has $951,429,863 in outstanding municipal debt.

“With me, it will always be a priority to look for ways to reduce spending while providing good service,” O’Hare said. “I will never vote to increase the tax rate and will look for every way to lower county spending in the budget.”

Price also issued executive orders closing businesses and encouraging residents to “Stay Home Y’all” during last year’s pandemic.

“I will never issue mask mandates, close businesses, close churches, or declare one business as essential over another,” O’Hare declared in an interview with The Texan.

While the mayor’s race is non-partisan, Price ran for county tax assessor as a Republican and is likely to do the same in her bid for county judge.

Disclaimer: Former state senator and The Texan’s founder and CEO Konni Burton has endorsed O’Hare. The Texan does not endorse candidates.

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Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts is a reporter for the Texan in the DFW metroplex area where she has lived for over twenty years. She has a Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School and a Bachelor's in government from Angelo State University. In her free time, Kim home schools her daughter and coaches high school extemporaneous speaking and apologetics. She has been happily married to her husband for 23 years, has three wonderful children, and two dogs.

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