Chad Moore, a locomotive engineer at BNSF Railway, is running for a seat on the Tarrant Regional Water District board of directors.

Moore seeks one of two at-large seats on the board, which has five seats. He was inspired to run after reading a Fort Worth Weekly article in which former state Rep. Lon Burnam, a frequent water district critic, said “almost anyone off the street could do a better job than what the incumbents have done.”

It’s Moore’s first time to run for office.

“I’m going to represent the regular, average person that cares about this community and wants to do right by it and right by everybody else, and protect their resources,” Moore said. “I don’t have an agenda.” 

Four candidates filed to be on the May ballot before the Feb. 17 deadline: Moore, outgoing River Oaks Mayor Joe Ashton, Fort Worth developer Paxton Motheral and incumbent Charles “CB” Team. 

The top two vote-getters will win the positions and serve a four-year term on the board. Team and Marty Leonard currently occupy the two seats up for election. Team was appointed to the seat in January after Jim Lane’s death in November. Leonard is retiring after 17 years on the board. 

To vote for a board member, residents must live within the water district’s taxing district. Voters can check their eligibility by visiting TRWD’s interactive voting boundaries map or checking their tax statement for the code 223 TARRANT REGIONAL WATER DISTRICT. 

Residents have until April 6 to register in order to be eligible to vote in the spring election. Early voting begins April 24 and ends May 2, with Election Day set for May 6. You may register to vote in Tarrant County here.

Haley Samsel is the environmental reporter for the Fort Worth Report. You can reach them at

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Haley Samsel is the environmental reporter for the Fort Worth Report. You can reach them at Her coverage is made possible by a grant from the Marilyn Brachman Hoffman...