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Matthew Martinez / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

About a hundred people gathered in front of Fort Worth City Hall Tuesday night to call on the city council to join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 4.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Saturday is Election Day for cities and school districts across North Texas. In Fort Worth, there will be at least one new face on the City Council. 

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Another election day is fast approaching. Cities, school districts and other local governments across North Texas are gearing up for municipal elections on May 6. Early voting starts next Monday. In Tarrant County, there are some crowded races for dozens of open seats, and a whole host of questions about taxes and bonds that voters across the county will decide.

Max Faulkner / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Fort Worth City Council members and top city staffers climbed onto a bus Tuesday and took a tour of the Stop Six neighborhood in East Fort Worth. The historic African-American neighborhood has long struggled with high crime, high unemployment and low incomes. Now, the city is trying a new approach to make life better for the people who live there.

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This summer, it’s started to look a bit like a tax revolt in North Texas. Frisco voters just turned down a school tax increase, Dallas schools decided not to ask for a tax hike. And in Dallas County, Judge Clay Jenkins said he wants to cut property tax rates.

Courtesy of Ann Zadeh

For nearly 25 years, Ann Zadeh watched new developments in Fort Worth. As a former city planner, she even watched City Council meetings for fun. But after this past weekend’s run-off election in the District 9 race, she’ll represent the area as the newest City Council member.

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price gave her third State of the City address Thursday. Technology was what she came back to again and again in her 20-minute speech. 

"Technology is really changing the manufacturing landscape," Price said. "You're all reading about 3D printers and what they can do. But we have to think outside that box, beyond GE, beyond MOTO X, NGC. We have to start thinking about micro-manufacturing."

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns is resigning the seat that State Sen. Wendy Davis once held. Burns, who is openly gay, has been in office since 2008. Burns talked to KERA about his time on the council, plans to attend Harvard this fall, and that tearful, unexpected council speech four years ago that went viral online.

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Fort Worth voters rejected three incumbents on the city council and school board in Saturday runoff elections

Jacinto Ramos, Jr. stomped incumbent school board member Carlos Vasquez, 86% to 14%.

School board candidate Ashley Paz narrowly unseated Juan Rangel, 51% to 49%.

Former broadcast reporter Gyna Bivens turned out sitting councilman Frank Moss, 57% to 43%.

In Dallas, Rick Callahan defeated Jesse Diaz, 60% to 40%, to represent Pleasant Grove on the Dallas City Council.

Frank Moss/Gyna Bivens

A long serving Fort Worth city council member is trying to hold on to his seat in this weekend’s run-off election.

Saturday’s vote will determine whether incumbent Frank Moss or first-time candidate Gyna Bivens wins east Fort Worth’s District 5.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Three out of four Fort Worth City Council incumbents are keeping their jobs. Another is in a runoff. So the council’s direction is unlikely to change.

Will voters want you back if you quit during your term in office?  Will they think you’re ineffective if don’t vote on big issues because of a family conflict? Those are two of the biggest questions in the Fort Worth District 8 council race between incumbent Kelly Allen Gray and the council member she replaced, Kathleen Hicks. 

District 8 Incumbent Council Member Kelly Allen Gray joined the Fort Worth City Council in July 2012 after winning a special election to complete the unexpired term of Kathleen Hicks. Hicks left the council after seven years to run in the 33rd District Congressional race.  Hicks is now trying to regain her council seat.

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Former Fort Worth Council member Jim Lane wants his job back.  Sal Espino, the council’s only Hispanic, says he deserves to stay.

For Northside voters in  District 2 the election probably comes down to this: are you better off today with Sal Espino than you were eight years ago when Jim Lane stepped down after 12 years on the council?