"I think its time for a new direction," Barrett said. "The other candidates in the race to me represent business as usual. I think we need new vision and I think I’m the person for the job."
Barrett, a lawyer with Taylor, Olson, Adkins, Sralla, & Elam, served in the Texas House from December 2007 to January 2009, representing District 97. The district covers southwest Fort Worth, Benbrook and Edgecliff Village.
Barrett won a seat in the House in a special election to finish out a term for Republican Anna Mowery, who resigned. Barrett was the only Democrat in a seven-way race. He lost his bid for a full-term in 2008 to Republican Mark Shelton.
Barrett said he plans to make a formal announcement about his candidacy on Friday.
Former City Council members Cathy Hirt and Jim Lane and Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Betsy Price are also running for the job.