Chris Nettles, a pastor with Purpose Driven Ministries, filed to run in District 8 on Fort Worth City Council. 

Nettles, the incumbent, is the only person running for the seat as of Jan. 23. 

“I intend on fighting for real development in the district and citywide,” Nettles said on his campaign website. “This includes economic development — promoting small businesses and providing citizens with more options and opportunities. It also includes preparing for the future by improving infrastructure and expanding public services.”

Nettles was first elected in 2021. He has owned and operated Haven of Purpose Childcare Center since 2014. 

As part of his campaign platform, Nettles is advocating for a citizen review board of police. A proposal to create just that, introduced by Nettles, was shot down in a 5-4 vote in November.

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

Candidates across all 11 districts will vie for a seat at the dias May 6. Of the nine incumbents, five have filed for reelection so far. 

Two districts — 10 and 11 — will be filled for the first time, after the City Council passed a redistricting map to establish them. 

You can register to vote in the upcoming municipal election here

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Emily WolfGovernment Accountability Reporter

Emily Wolf is a local government accountability reporter for the Fort Worth Report. Originally from Round Rock, Texas, she spent several years at the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in investigative...