Tara Maldonado Wilson, an emergency room nurse and small business owner, announced Friday she is running for Fort Worth City Council in District 11.
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.
Maldonado Wilson, a Latina, previously mounted two unsuccessful bids for a place on City Council in District 4.
“This majority-minority district is ready for a leader who understands the many issues these residents face, and will elevate the voices of those marginalized and underserved that have been the most impacted by post-pandemic economic hardship,” Maldonado Wilson said in a press release.
Maldonado Wilson serves as an executive board member for LGBTQ Saves and Texas Latina List. She is also a fellow of several leadership organizations, including Leadership Fort Worth’s 2022 LeadingEdge program.
Municipal elections are coming up. Here are some key dates:
Jan. 18: Candidates can begin 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
Along with her candidacy, Maldonado Wilson announced an endorsement from Fort Worth ISD trustee Roxanne Martinez.
“I am very excited to endorse Tara Maldonado Wilson,” Martinez said in the release. “Tara will make a great partner in city government, and will be a powerful advocate for the district.”
If elected, Maldonado Wilson would be the first-ever Latina to serve on the Fort Worth City Council.
Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker and council member Elizabeth Beck have publicly expressed hope the District 11 seat will be filled by a Hispanic woman.
“I think you’re going to see a fellow Hispanic member of this community sitting alongside us in our new City Hall a year from now,” Parker said at a March 23 meeting approving the final map. “And I hope it is a female, a Latina, to represent this new district.”
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