Election Q&A: Pent, Firestone on June 5 runoff ballot for Fort Worth District 7

A runoff election is scheduled for June 5 for Fort Worth City Council District 7. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
A runoff election is scheduled for June 5 for Fort Worth City Council District 7. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)

A runoff election is scheduled for June 5 for Fort Worth City Council District 7. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)

On June 5, Fort Worth voters can head to the polls to cast a ballot in a runoff election for the District 7 council seat. In the May 1 election, none of the 10 candidates received at least 50% of the votes, so the candidates with the two highest vote totals will proceed to the runoff election. Early voting will be May 24-30 and June 1. For times and locations of early voting, visit Tarrant County elections.

Fort Worth City Council District 7










Zeb Pent



Occupation: Self-employed


Experience: I've been an entrepreneur since I was 18, trading the market, investing in real estate and starting a successful oil and gas service business that I was CEO of for 10 years. I remain self-employed now as a business consultant. As a successful businessman, I've learned some important lessons that I will champion on the City Council.






Why are you running for office?



ZP: I love our city, and I’m running for office to give a voice to the hard-working people that make Fort Worth a great place to live and raise a family. Fort Worth is an exceptional city that values cowboys and culture and faith and families. We have a responsibility to our kids and future generations to steward taxpayer funds as well as our Fort Worth values.



If elected, what will be your top three priorities?



ZP: Roads: Fort Worth has grown rapidly in the past 10 years, and it's vital that we have roads that work to move residents, families and workers. Over 50% of District 7 commuters travel over 30 minutes to work. I will make sure efficient, effective roads take priority over bureaucratic-planned roundabouts. Rooftops: I will work to reduce property taxes and ensure that households in District 7 have a well-funded police force and fire department to protect people and property. Over 65% of the housing units in District 7 have been constructed since 2000. We need to make sure City Hall continues to empower development and not hinder it. Responsibility: I pledge to fight for fiscal responsibility at City Hall. Fort Worth is an exceptional city that values cowboys and culture and faith and families. We have a responsibility to our kids and future generations to steward taxpayer funds as well as our Fort Worth values.



What do you see as the city's role in addressing the coronavirus pandemic?



ZP: I believe the city should get out of the way of business owners–allowing them to fully reopen without hindrance and allow the free market to come up with the solutions to guide us through this trying time.









Leonard Firestone



Occupation: Entrepreneur


Experience: I am endorsed by the Fort Worth Firefighters and Police Officers Associations. As a local Fort Worth businessman, my partners and I built from the ground-up the national award-winning Firestone & Robertson Distillery (TX WHISKEY). I also currently serve as Mayor Betsy Price's appointee on the city's COVID-19 Recovery Task Force; and as a council appointee committee responsible for bringing tourism revenue to Fort Worth (70% of our city's sales tax comes from those who live outside of our city.) Additionally, Nicole and I are active in community service (including support for our community's support groups for veterans and first responders), and we attend Christ Chapel Bible Church and Bible Study Fellowship. Finally, I am honored to also be endorsed by the May 1 City Council Runner-Up candidates Jake Wurman, Lee Henderson and Miguel Zamora.






Why are you running for office?



LF: I am a person like those I seek to represent. Have a family (4 children), run a local Fort Worth business, pay property taxes, etc. In short, I want to ensure our city is a great place to live, raise a family, work and retire.



If elected, what would be your top three priorities?



LF: My top three priorities as a City Council member will be lowering property taxes; improving traffic flow; and ensuring quick police, fire and EMS response times in our neighborhoods. Another issue will be helping neighborhoods fight back against commercial encroachments.



What do you see as the city's role in addressing the coronavirus pandemic?



LF: I was appointed by Mayor Betsy Price to Fort Worth's COVID-19 Recovery Task Force. We have focused primarily on helping local Fort Worth businesses and workers survive; and now our local economy is coming back strong.


By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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