Fort Worth elects 37-year-old Republican woman as mayor

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Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 1:53 PM CDT
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Republican Mattie Parker declared victory as the next mayor of Fort Worth, keeping it one of America’s few big cities with a GOP mayor.

Parker was in a runoff Saturday with Democrat Deborah Peoples, who conceded the race.

Parker becomes the booming Texas city’s first new mayor in a decade.

The 37-year-old Parker will succeed her former boss, outgoing Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, who is retiring after 10 years as the only big-city GOP mayor in America’s biggest red state. Fort Worth is on the verge of surpassing 1 million residents.

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