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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price: 'Absolutely' I’ll Run Again

Fort Worth Library
Mayor Betsy Price at the Fort Worth Library in the summer of 2013.

The 2014 elections are over. But in an interview with KERA, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price dropped a little news of her own about next year's election: She plans on running for another term.

For this week’s Friday Conversation, Price sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, to talk about Tuesday’s election.

This week’s election was a banner day for Republicans across the country, for folks who don’t like fracking in Denton, and for rodeo fans! That’s because voters in Fort Worth approved money that will help build a $450 million dollar arena.

Interview Highlights: Mayor Betsy Price…

…On running for another term: “Absolutely. There’s just a lot to do in Fort Worth and I love what I’m doing and I’ve had great connection with the citizens. And if I have an opponent we’ll just run a good campaign and let the citizens speak.”

…On the $450 million rodeo arena just approved by voters: “It’s not just a rodeo arena, it’s a multi-purpose arena and it’ll be, obviously in five years when it’s open, be named something else. But the idea is 12 to 14 concerts a year, graduations, basketball, but also a nice chance to grow our rodeo and our equestrian events. Had we been a stand-alone city, not closely connected to Dallas and Grand Prairie and all, we would have probably had an arena this size already.”

…On her success at convincing voters to dig into their pockets: “Fort Worth is a very high growth city and our citizens realize the need for the increase. This arena project is not going to hit our bottom line. It is no increased property taxes, 50 percent of this is a gift from the private sector to the public. So citizens see it as a really good deal and we had a great mandate to build it.”

Rick Holter was KERA's vice president of news. He oversaw news coverage on all of KERA's platforms – radio, digital and television. Under his leadership, KERA News earned more than 200 local, regional and national awards, including the station's first two national Edward R. Murrow Awards. He and the KERA News staff were also part of NPR's Ebola-coverage team that won a George Foster Peabody Award, broadcasting's highest honor.
Courtney Collins has been working as a broadcast journalist since graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before coming to KERA in 2011, Courtney worked as a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. While there she covered daily news and reported for the station’s weekly news magazine, Metro Connection.