Overview & Live Results: Mayoral Election Runoffs in Arlington and Fort Worth

June 5, 2021

Two Texas cities will elect a mayor Saturday. These runoff elections were necessitated when no candidate received a majority of the vote in the all-party primaries held on May 1. 

Polls close at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

City rankings are based on July 1, 2020 Census Bureau population estimates. They are for the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area.

Fort Worth

Fort Worth is the 12th largest city in the United States, with a population of about 925,000. The current mayor is Republican Betsy Price, who did not seek a 6th two-year term.  Advancing to the runoff were Deborah Peoples and Mattie Parker, who received 34% and 31% of the vote, respectively, on May 1. 

Peoples was formerly chair of the Tarrant County Democratic Party, while Parker was chief of staff for the current mayor. While the race is officially nonpartisan (NPA), endorsements have been largely along party lines, with GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Price endorsing Parker. Peoples has received the endorsement of long-time Democratic U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson as well as numerous progressive groups. 

The Dallas Morning News has an overview of the runoff and how the candidates are positioned on issues.

Arlington

Arlington is the 49th largest city in the United States, with a population of about 400,000. The current mayor is Republican Jeff Williams, who won a third two-year term in 2019. He was unable to run due to term limits. Advancing to the runoff were Attorney Jim Ross and former councilman Michael Glaspie. Ross finished well ahead of the seven-person field on May 1, receiving 48% of the vote. Glaspie saw 21% support. 

All five of the candidates that did not advance to the runoff have endorsed Glaspie. Ross has the endorsement of Williams.

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