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Mattie Parker Is Next Fort Worth Mayor In Win For GOP

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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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