LET’S RE-RE-ELECT THE FORMER EX-COM-MISSIONER AGAIN

In some cities, the political script stays the same for decades; only the cast of the characters changes. In Fort Worth, it seems to be just the opposite. The same people run for election again and again, but for different offices. Consider the candidacy of George “Skeet” Richardson, who recently announced he would oppose Tar-rant County Commissioner Lyn Gregory for re-election. Richardson has been a county commissioner, a state legislator from Tarrant County, and mayor of a Fort Worth suburb. He apparently decided to run for commissioner after first threatening to run against County Treasurer Howard Green. If Richardson is elected, sparks will doubtless fly in the courthouse between Green and Richardson. They still have axes to grind, you see, from several years ago when Richardson was a commissioner and Green was county judge. The current county judge, Mike Moncrief, is already gearing up for a race for Congress from a new South Tarrant County District that will likely be formed after the 1980Census. Moncrief will have some familiar company. It’s an open secret that former Mayor Pro Tern Jim Bradshaw is currently running against Representative Jim Wright, whom he is not likely to beat, to gain momentum as a Republican candidate for the new congressional seat. A likely opponent for Moncrief in the Democratic primary for the new seat is former Mayor Hugh Partner. If Farmer beats Moncrief, then the general election will be a resumption of hostilities between Parmer and Bradshaw, who fought each other for four years on the Fort Worth city council. To reach the general election, Bradshaw would of course have to win the Republican primary, and would likely face perennial candidate Leo Berman. Occasionally, they have openings for newcomers in Fort Worth politics. But not very often.

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