Mattie Parker Is Next Fort Worth Mayor In Win For GOP

Republican Mattie Parker speaks to the crowd after Deborah Peoples conceded the Fort Worth mayoral race Saturday, June 5, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Yffy Yossifor/Star-Telegram via AP)

(AP) — Republican Mattie Parker declared victory as the next mayor of Fort Worth, keeping it one of America’s few big cities with a GOP mayor.

Parker was in a runoff Saturday with Democrat Deborah Peoples, who conceded the race. Parker becomes the booming Texas city’s first new mayor in a decade.

The 37-year-old Parker will succeed her former boss, outgoing Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, who is retiring after 10 years as the only big-city GOP mayor in America’s biggest red state. Fort Worth is on the verge of surpassing 1 million residents.

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