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Government Scarth loses council seat, but most incumbents retain seats

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Longtime city councilman for District 2, Danny Scarth, was ousted by Cary Moon. Moon received 60 percent of the vote, while Scarth, who took office in 2006, got 40 percent.

Moon, who lives in the Heritage area in the far North part of the district, had support from the Fort Worth Police Officers Association Political Action Committee and the Fort Worth Firefighters Association.

Scarth, who lives in Woodhaven at the southern end of the sprawling district, had built a big campaign war chest.

District 4 includes parts of east Fort Worth and stretches north along the east side of Interstate 35 to Golden Triangle Boulevard in the Alliance Corridor…

With 14 of 14 precincts reporting, District 2 Councilman Salvador “Sal” Espino was ahead of challenger Steve Thornton with 50.5 percent of the vote. Thornton had 49.4 percent.

Other members of the city council with challengers appeared to be coasting to victory.

District 5’s Gyna Bivens was leading Bob Willoughby, 86 percent to 14 percent. In District 7, Dennis Shingleton had 79 percent of the vote over Andy Gallagher’s 21 percent. And District 8’s Kelly Allen Gray was coasting past Sharon Mason-Ford, 78 percent to 22 percent.

In the Fort Worth Independent School District Board of Trustees races, all the incumbents appear to be returning. Tobi Jackson was leading with 66 percent of the vote in District 2. Judy Needham was leading with 81 percent of the vote, while Ann Sutherland had the closest race in District 6. Sutherland was leading challenger Cecelia Speer, 56 percent to 44 percent.

In an open seat for the Mansfield Independent School District Board of Trustees, Michelle Newsom, daughter-in-law of the late Mansfield ISD Superintendent Vernon Newsom, received 66 percent of the vote over Nicole Wooldridge, who had 34 percent.

In the race for seats on the Arlington Independent School District Board of Trustees, to incumbents lost their seats.

In Place 1, incumbent Gloria Peña received 44 percent of the vote to challenger Polly Walton’s 56 percent.

In the Place 2 race, incumbent Peter Baron looked like he was being edged out with 49.5 percent of the vote to challenger Kristen Hudson’s 50.5 percent. In the Place 3 race, incumbent Aaron D. Reich was holding on to 50.3 percent of the vote to challenger Maryhelen Bronson’s 49.6 percent.

All vote totals are from the Tarrant County web site and are not considered final.

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