Mayor Pro Tem Danny Scarth on Thursday filed for re-election to his seat on the Fort Worth City Council.
Scarth, who is seeking a third full term as representative of District 4, is the last of incumbent council members seeking re-election to formally file for the May 14 election. District 7 Councilman Carter Burdette is not seeking re-election.
"We've made a great deal of progress, but there are so many projects we've started: Gateway Park, Woodhaven redevelopment and, of course, roads and transportation.
"I feel an obligation to see them through."
District 4 includes east and northeast Fort Worth, stretching from Eastchase Parkway and Interstate 30 to North Tarrant Parkway and I-35W.
Lupe Arriola has filed to challenge Scarth. The matchup represents a rematch of the 2009 election when Arriola lost in her bid to unseat the incumbent.
Scarth made his announcement on the same day that former state Rep. Dan Barrett said he would run for mayor, joining former Council members Cathy Hirt and Jim Lane and Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Betsy Price in the race to replace Mike Moncrief.
Moncrief announced earlier this month that he would not seek a fifth term in office.
Scarth, who will turn 50 on Sunday, won a special election in 2006 to finish out the term of Becky Haskin, who resigned to run for Justice of the Peace. He won re-election in 2007 and 2009.
- John Henry