Kathleen Hicks was reticent - at least to the S-T - after filing Thursday to try and win her old Fort Worth City Council District 8 seat back from Kelly Allen Gray, who won it last Spring, after Hicks stepped down to run for Congress. Hicks emailed a copy of a letter Monday to the Star-Telegram that she's been sending out to constituents:
"Building Bridges Together!
Building bridges comes second-nature to me. I was raised in a family of community builders and truly love the community in which I was reared. The seven years I served on the Fort Worth City Council were all about bringing diverse communities together.
During my tenure as YOUR representative, Council District 8 has made remarkable strides in every area that had seemed impossible just a few short years ago. From positive economic development to repairing our streets to bringing new life to our parks, we transformed an area that had been overlooked for far too long. From re-zoning West and Central Meadowbrook to creating the first council initiated Historic district in Morningside to creating the East Berry Tax Increment Zone which is projected to bring in millions of dollars for the community and unprecedented investment, we made tremendous strides.
I want to continue that legacy of inclusion, ensuring that all faces, all ages, all races feel right at home in our great district. This is not a time for division, but unity. I can AND will proudly vote on ALL issues: from the pensions to our public employees to economic development, because I have no conflicts of interest. Moreover, I invite people to check my record. I have always voted for the best interest of District and our great city of Fort Worth!
Even when I made the decision to run for Congress, I never stopped working for you and District 8. Moreover, it did not alter my life-affirming goal of changing our community for the better. As I talked to scores of community stakeholders throughout the district over the last couple of months, many implored me to come back and continue the job I started. Many of these folks are the people who helped to raised me, a shy daughter of a single parent from the south side of Fort Worth, who had a dream to make her community better.
Friends, I remain more committed than ever to improving every part of our district. I have kept my commitment to you. Let us continue to build those mighty bridges together. Let’s not go back, but forward. With your help, we can continue the progress we have already made.
Let’s believe. Let’s work. Let’s win!"
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter