Dear Fort Worth Report friend,

Good morning! TGIF.

In your Friday Report, our lede examines how negative campaign strategy is turning heads in the race for Fort Worth mayor, a nonpartisan office usually devoid of attacks more commonly seen in state and national races. Reporter Neetish Basnet writes about whether negative ads add a dramatic effect that may help some candidates gain name recognition. 

The week that was

Here is a look back at key stories during the past week.

Local Government      

• COVID-19 vaccination rates reveal tale of two communities

• Campaigning changes in COVID-19 world

• Social media posts disrupt Fort Worth City Council race

• Big money flows into once-in-a-decade mayor’s race


• Board election could be watershed moment for agency mired in public confusion about billion-dollar project


• Fort Worth school board candidates focus on equity plan, call for less standardized testing

• Tarrant County schools could receive nearly $1 billion in federal stimulus funds — if Texas Legislature releases dollars

Movie Review     

• ‘Together Together’ Review: Ed Helms and Patti Harrison bring it in the refreshing dramedy (opens Friday in Fort Worth)

In other highlights:

  • You can find all of our relevant local election coverage on our special page, Building our Net Worth
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ON TAPEstimates from the Texas Education Agency show students have lost at least five months of learning. Reporter Jacob Sanchez takes a look at how learning loss is affecting Tarrant County students. That story is on tap soon, so make sure you’re coming back to see new stories every day.

As always, thanks for reading, and please let us know what you want in your Report.

Thomas Martinez,
Managing Editor

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What we’re reading

◾ Fort Worth’s Iconic Roller Skating Rink comes back to life — get ready for the New Silver Wheel

◾ Preliminary NTSB report shares new details about victims’ deaths caused by Fort Worth pileup

◾ Fort Worth food pantry forced out of its church building moves to new location

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Committed to strong community journalism, Thomas R. Martinez brings more than 25 years of experience as a writer and editor, mainly in Texas and Colorado. He believes strongly in five core principles of...

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