More local politicos are confirming they are thinking about running for a new Congressional seat in Tarrant County that unites most of the county's minority communities.
Fort Worth City Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks and state Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, announced on Wednesday they are running for the new District 33 seat. A federal court in San Antonio still has to finalize the map before filing begins for the 2012 primaries. Republicans are expected to ask the Supreme Court to block the new map from being implemented.
"We need someone in that district who is concerned about the issues of the neighborhood," he said. "I’m talking it over with my wife and family, seeing if there’s any way possible we could do that.
Tatum is a former Vice President with the Texas NAACP. He is also a former Republican precinct chair but said if he chooses to run, he would do so as a Democrat.
"It’s a strong Democrat district," he said. "I've been both a Democrat and a Republican. I voted for President Obama in the last election...We have a community organizer in the White House. It would be good to have one in District 33."
Tatum described himself as moderate on many issues.
"I would run as an independent Democrat," Tatum said. "But I would encourage a lot of my Republican friends to vote for me as well."
"My main concern is seeing to it that whoever does represent it, represents the kind of folks in the district," he said Friday. "They can get help they haven’t gotten under (Republican U.S. Reps.) (Kay) Granger, (Joe) Barton and (Michael) Burgess."
Fort Worth civil rights attorney Jason Smith, who had been considering a bid for the seat, said Friday that he’s out of the race. Between his 91-year-old father and his nearly two-year-old twins, he said he already has a full plate.
"Let’s have a full debate & elect REAL Dem to CD-33," Smith posted on Twitter.
-Anna Tinsley and Aman Batheja