FORT WORTH -- Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price endorsed former state Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, late Tuesday in his bid to represent the Texas Senate District post that Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis is leaving to make a bid for governor.
Filing for political posts on the ballot next year doesn't start until Saturday, but five Republicans -- Konni Burton, Tony Pompa, Jon Schweitzer, Shelton and Mark Skinner -- have already said they are in the race.
A handful of Democrats say they are considering jumping into the race as well, including former City Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks, former state Rep. Glenn Lewis, businessman Mike Martinez and community activist Libby Willis.
But Price came out in support of Shelton Tuesday.
"Tarrant County needs a state senator who will represent the people of Fort Worth well in Austin," she said in a statement. "Mark Shelton is a proven leader who will produce solutions for our community and state."
The race for Texas Senate District 10 — which includes Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield, Colleyville and other areas of south and Northeast Tarrant County — is expected to be one of the most costly and expensive races in the state. Republicans hope to reclaim the post their party lost in 2008 to Davis; Democrats hope to win the post again as well.
--- Anna M. Tinsley