Tarrant County Judge, Glen Whitley; Tarrant County Clerk, Tom Wilder; Tarrant County Commissioner, Pct. 3, Gary Fickes; Fort Worth Mayor, Betsy Price; Arlington Mayor, Jeff Williams; Southlake Mayor, Laura Hill; and Bedford Mayor, Jim Griffin backed Van Duyne during a press conference Thursday afternoon. Van Duyne said having served as the former Mayor of Irving, she understands what citizens need and will continue to improve the quality of life here. “As a mayor and HUD director Beth knows how to get things done…She isn’t going to let partisan politics get in the way shes going to go to Washington to take care of business because she was trained that way, you can’t wait on things…they have to happen in your cities,” said Fort Worth Mayor Price.
About Beth Van Duyne: Beth left home at the age of seventeen and put herself through college – graduating Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University. After returning to North Texas to start a family, she became a tremendous leader who was not afraid to take on corruption in government. As the first woman elected to be Mayor of Irving, Texas, Beth enacted critical reforms that helped Irving grow and become more responsible to the people of the city: successfully removed a corrupt government structure that was wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars; passed tax reform following the 2008 recession to help property owners keep more of what they earn; enacted a formal arrangement between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to remove thousands of criminal aliens; and led the city to be the 5th safest in the entire country and one of the fastest growing for new job creation.