Candidates for Fort Worth mayor spent more during the first reporting period in 2021 than the candidates spent the entire 2019 election. 

During that election, Mayor Betsy Price won after spending about $420,000 to Deborah Peoples’ about $122,000. 

With Price not running for re-election, Peoples is running again and against more candidates. According to a campaign finance report she filed April 1, she has spent $56,000 so far. 

Peoples has many small donations while the average donation of Price’s former chief of staff who is running for mayor, Mattie Parker, was about $1,445. 

Parker raised the most money for mayor, followed by Councilman Dr. Brian Byrd, Tarrant County Democratic Party Chair Peoples, Councilwoman Ann Zadeh and Steve Penate. The other candidates for mayor either indicated on their campaign finance reports that they had not raised any money or they did not turn in a report.

Check out the Fort Worth Report next week for a more in-depth analysis of the reports. Jacob Sanchez will explore what the amounts the mayoral candidates raised signal not only about their campaign but what type of mayor they will be. Neetish Basnet will talk with experts about whether the way the candidates spent their money will pay off.

Jessica Priest is an investigative journalist for the Fort Worth Report. Contact her at jessica.priest@fortworthreport.org or via Twitter.

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