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Council sets special election to fill District 9 seat

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The Fort Worth City Council has set a special election on May 10 to fill an unexpired term left vacant by the recent resignation of Joel Burns in District 9. Candidates may file for office by 5 p.m. March 10 in the City Secretary’s Office at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

The last day to register to vote in the May election is April 10. Early voting by personal appearance begins April 28 and runs through May 6. If a runoff is required, the election would be June 21.

Burns, who has represented District 9 on the Fort Worth City Council since January 2008, announced his resignation during the Feb. 10 City Council meeting. Burns’ resignation is effective immediately, but he will continue to serve as the District 9 representative as a holdover member until a special election is held and his replacement is elected. Burns, 45, is leaving to attend the Harvard Kennedy School in Boston. He has been accepted into the school’s Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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