Sgt. Steve Hall, president of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association, responded Friday to the skirmish Thursday between City Council member Kelly Allen Gray and her challenger Kathleen Hicks in the May 11 election. At a neighborhood forum Thursday night, Hicks touted her recent endorsement by the police association. Gray, whose husband is a 21-year Fort Worth police officer, has recused herself from votes in the last several months on major changes to the city's employee pension and a new police contract. She says the association told her "we won't support you because you won't vote on our issues." She continued, "what I won't do is sell my vote."
Hall, in an interview with the Star-Telegram Friday, said, "first of all, our support's not for sale."
"We have long history of working with Kathleen," Gray's predecessor on the council. "Although she's a very independent person, she votes her conscience...Kelly has demonstrated she either can't vote or refuses to vote on two key issues. We're supporting a candidate we know can vote on every issue."
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter