Caleb Backholm, who owns an insurance agency, filed to run in District 7 on Fort Worth’s City Council. Two people are officially running for the seat to date— Backholm and Jason Ellis

“I am concerned for America’s big cities,” Backholm said in a statement on his campaign website. “For too long local city governments have neglected the basics of crime, safety, and cleanliness. 

Backholm has a degree from from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

District 7 includes parts of northwest Fort Worth. Current District 7 Leonard Firestone announced he wasn’t seeking re-election.

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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Rachel BehrndtGovernment Accountability Reporter

Rachel Behrndt is a government accountability reporter for the Fort Worth Report in collaboration with KERA. She is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri where she majored in Journalism and Political...