By a margin of 53–46, Republican Mattie Parker has beat out Democrat opponent Deborah Peoples in a runoff race to be mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, PJ Media reported Sunday.
According to Politico, Parker’s win solidified Fort Worth’s place among “America’s biggest cities with a GOP mayor.”
The 37-year-old previously served as chief of staff for outgoing Mayor Betsy Price, a Republican who recently announced her retirement after a decade on the job, Politico reported.
A “fresh perspective”
While the race was officially nonpartisan, Parker reportedly enjoyed the support of the Tarrant County Republican Party and even received an endorsement from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).
Meanwhile, Peoples, who conceded Saturday, was backed by left-aligned PACs and high-profile Democrats like former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, PJ Media said.
After the results were clear, former Mayor Price released a statement in which she had warm words for her successor.
“Mattie undoubtedly has the heart for service and the head for policy that we need leading Fort Worth during this time of rapid growth and change,” Price said, according to local ABC affiliate WFAA.
“The new voice and fresh perspective Mattie brings to the table will be invaluable on the Fort Worth City Council,” the former mayor added. “I am confident that she and this council will continue to work together to build for the future of Fort Worth with innovation and intention, while maintaining the unique history and spirit that makes Fort Worth such a special place.”
Peoples also released a statement upon her concession.
“From the beginning, this campaign has been about building One Fort Worth,” the Democrat said, according to WFAA. “While one night’s results may not have been what we wanted, the historic turnout sent a clear message that voters are crying out for leaders who accept Texans of all backgrounds, races, and walks of life.”
She went on: “I will continue the fight to give more communities a seat at the table, expand prosperity to all our neighborhoods, and elect leaders who truly represent all the people.”
In a victory speech Saturday, Parker promised to “embrace positive policies and consensus building with ferocity” as mayor, according to the Texas Tribune.