Fort Worth, Texas – Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, the longest serving mayor in the city’s history, announced Tuesday morning she will not seek a sixth term as the city’s top elected official. Price made the announcement at a City Hall press conference.
“Today I’m going to announce that I will not seek a sixth term. It’s a hard decision, but it’s the right thing at this time,” she said.
Price. 71, became Fort Worth’s longest serving mayor when she was elected to a fifth two-year term in 2019. She served as Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector before running for mayor.
The mayor said she had consulted with her family and minister for some time on the decision not to run for re-election. She said there was no specific event or reason that prompted her decision.
“There’s no perfect answer as to the time when you should step aside, but you should step aside when you have the feeling that you’re ready. Just as I was called … I felt called to do this job, I feel called to step aside,” she said.
Price did not say what she plans to do after leaving office but speculation about her future has included the possibility she might run for another office, possibly the Tarrant County Judge position currently held by Glen Whitley whose term expires in 2022. She hinted at the possibility of future public service during her press conference.
Price said she was not announcing support for any potential candidates at this time.