Fort Worth District 7 Councilman Dennis Shingleton announced his candidacy for re-election Monday.
In a phone call to the Fort Worth Business Press, Shingleton, said he wanted to continue the work he began on the counicl in 2011.
Hehas served on the council since July 12, 2011. He and Mayor Betsy Price, who has also announced her candidacy for re-election, were sworn in at the same time.
“We’ve worked well together, and I’m hoping that continues for a while longer,” Shingleton said.
In 2016 Shingleton was elected mayor pro-tem by his colleagues on the council.
Among the reasons he wants to remain on the council, Shingleton cited several projects, including Montgomery Street, the Dickies Arena, flooding, and infrastructure support of growth inside and outside of the loop.
Montgomery Street has been a major focus of Shingleton’s dating to the days he was on the city planning commission. He served there for nearly a decade and was chairman for five years before joining the council.
Shingleton noted that Montgomery Street has some unique challenges in that it features both neighborhoods and the blossoming cultural district with new restaurants and businesses that will be coming.
“That neighborhood is special to me,” he said.
But that applies to all of Fort Worth, he said.
“Since 1987 when we moved here, it’s been a great place to live and a great place to raise a family,” he said.
A graduate of Duquesne University with both bachelor and master of science degrees, Shingleton received his MBA from TCU.
Shingleton retired from the Army as a Colonel after 32 years of service. He was the chief of staff for the 807th Medical Brigade, and was responsible for the training, supervision and mobilization of 4,200 physicians and other medical support personnel.
He also retired as the senior associate dean for Finance and Administration at the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth after 25 years.
Shingleton began his Fort Worth public service career as a member of the City Plan Commission in early 2000. He was previously the president of the Lake Country Property Owners Association and provided leadership to that group during the annexation of Lake Country into the City of Fort Worth in 1999.
All eight Fort Worth City Council seats are up for election this year, as well as the mayor. Elections will be held in May.