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Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Fort Worth council District 4: Scarth shows skill in test of fire
In the May 11 election for Fort Worth City Council, District 4 incumbent Danny Scarth stacks his nearly seven years of experience on the council against challenger Paul Gardner's three months and three meetings as a member of the Residential Board of Adjustment.
For voters who expect effective representation, there's no real contest. Scarth, 52, has shown his devotion to serving constituents and has performed well against the seven-year trial by fire from making crucial city policy decisions.
Fort Worth crime down 5.9 percent for 2012
Crime in the city was down 5.9 percent in 2012, with residential burglaries dropping sharply, police said Monday.
Police Chief Jeff Halstead attributed the decline in residential burglaries to increased use of intelligence to focus on repeat offenders and the strong Citizens on Patrol volunteer program.
"Those are great numbers for our city," Halstead said in an interview after presenting the statistics to the council.
"Good work," Mayor Betsy Price told Halstead. "It's always good to see crime going down. When I talk to [other] mayors, they would love to have this report."
Keep Danny Rolling
The next City Council will face many challenges and difficult decisions must be made to balance revenues with the need to maintain crucial services. The safety of our citizens will remain the top priority, but other essential services cannot be neglected. I have helped balance five tough budgets without a tax rate increase while remaining responsive to the needs of our city. My Council colleagues have shown trust in my leadership by selecting me to serve as the Chair of our Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs committee. I also served two years as Mayor Pro Tem. This experience will be invaluable during the next two years.
When I first came to City Council, Mayor Mike Moncrief gave me some invaluable advice. He said, "Danny, the key to being an effective city council person is to be able to get things done and to get things done you have to be able to count to 5." What the Mayor was saying is that there are 9 people on the city council and they each have a vote so to get anything passed you have to have 5 of the nine votes. During my time on the Council I have developed relationships that make me a strong and effective advocate for District 4.
And finally, we must think beyond the problems of today. Yes, we are concerned with and spend a lot of time on the basics such as fixing potholes but we are also concerned about how our decisions today will affect the citizens of tomorrow. My oldest son is getting married and I hope to have grandchildren one day. My commitment to them and to your children and grandchildren is to leave them a better Fort Worth than when I got here. With your help, your support, your votes and your prayers I'll be able to do that.
— Danny Scarth