Business owner Jason Peña filed to run in District 9 on Fort Worth’s City Council. He is the only person to file for a place on the ballot as of Jan. 23. Elizabeth Beck is the incumbent. Filing deadline is Feb. 17.

“I am running for City Council because I no longer recognize the city I grew up in. I will fight to reduce crime, decrease taxes, and take on the radical politicians that have crippled this city,” Peña said in a Facebook post announcing his candidacy.

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 may register to vote in the upcoming municipal election here.

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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...