In a post to his official Facebook page, Moon acknowledged that Fort Worth’s city charter requires that he forfeit his City Council position, noting he will have the opportunity to continue to serve as representative for District 4 until replaced by election in May.
During the council’s Nov. 9 meeting, Moon said he had communicated his intention to Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker in a letter and expressed his appreciation for the ability to serve the city.
Reached earlier in the day, Moon said his decision to seek office in the state Legislature reflected issues he thinks are important.
“There’s just so many basic civil liberties that we have, or had, [that] are now under attack—and we will fight for those,” Moon said. “I won those battles at City Hall before, and I’m confident that I’m going to win those battles in the Texas Capitol in Austin.”
Moon was elected to Fort Worth City Council in May of 2015 to represent District 4, which includes parts of Northeast Fort Worth.
He said he is proud of the work he and his district director, Alicia Ortiz, have accomplished. In particular, he noted work regarding fiscal responsibility through identifying waste, identifying revenue opportunities for the city, road improvements, and funding for Fort Worth’s police and fire departments.
Texas House District 93 is represented by state Rep. Matt Krause, who has indicated his intention to run for Texas attorney general. The district has been redrawn to include portions of Northeast Fort Worth and Haslet and extends to Eagle Mountain.
Earlier this week, former Southlake Mayor Laura Hill indicated her intention to run for the Republican nomination for the seat as well.
Tara Wilson, an emergency room nurse who challenged Moon in the May municipal election and secured second place in that race, announced her intent to run for the soon-to-be-open City Council seat.
The filing period for the March 1 primary election will open Nov. 13 and close Dec. 13.
Moon said that, if elected, he hopes to continue to run a transparent and responsive office.
“Candidates can have ideas or platforms, but it’s really about what you get done—and we get stuff done,” Moon said.