Rick Herring, a long-time neighborhood advocate and retirement adviser, announced he is running for Fort Worth City Council in District 11 Wednesday.
The newly-drawn district includes parts of east Fort Worth with an arm that extends into south-central Fort Worth. The district was formed, in part, to create another City Council district with a Hispanic majority.
This is the first time Herring will run for public office. He has spent 30 years volunteering as an advocate for the Riverside neighborhood in east Fort Worth.
“Fort Worth is a great city, but the pressures our city is facing in terms of inflationary housing prices, a growing population, and the need to provide adequate city services across all our neighborhoods are real issues the City Council must deal with,” Herring said in a release. “I want to serve on the City Council to work to address real problems that affect all our residents.”
Municipal elections are coming up. Here are some key dates:
Jan. 18: Candidates began filing
Feb. 17: Last day for candidates to file
April 6: Last day to register to vote
April 24: Early voting begins
May 2: Early voting ends
May 6: Election Day
Herring previously served on several Fort Worth boards and commissions, including the city’s zoning commission and planning commission. He is currently president of the Carter Riverside Neighborhood Association.
Herring was heavily involved in an effort to unite neighborhoods in the Riverside Alliance through Fort Worth’s redistricting process following the 2020 census. Eventually the neighborhoods were placed into District 11, with several other older neighborhoods on Fort Worth’s eastside.
“I want to work closely with the other members of the Council and city departments to achieve positive outcomes for our city and residents, but I won’t be afraid to fight for our neighborhoods when it’s necessary,” Herring said in the release.
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