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Fort Worth mayoral candidates clash at debate

FORT WORTH -- At their first face-to-face debate in the runoff for mayor, Jim Lane and Betsy Price clashed briefly Wednesday night over Lane's ties to police and firefighter associations and Price's endorsement from Chesapeake Energy.
The forum at Four Day Weekend Theater downtown was hosted by the GLBT Chamber and Fairness Fort Worth, and it heavily emphasized gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, along with the city's budget and neighborhood issues.

But the most heated exchange was about the candidates' ties to the outside groups.

Price, a former Tarrant County tax assessor-collector, said negotiations with police and firefighters would be a "difficult situation" for Lane because his largest campaign contributions come from those groups.
Lane, a former councilman, noted that such negotiations would be handled by the city manager, not the mayor. Voters should be more troubled by Price's endorsement from Chesapeake, he said.


Both candidates expressed support for the city's anti-discrimination rules and for keeping a police officer assigned full time as a liaison to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
The liaison position was created after the June 2009 Rainbow Lounge incident, in which the gay bar was inspected by Fort Worth police officers and agents with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Both Lane and Price said having police involved in such inspections was not a good use of the officers' time.

Price was also asked about her responses that were published in a voters guide put out by the Rev. Richard Clough's Texans for Faith and Family, in which she said she "strongly agreed" that the city should not spend money to advertise in gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender publications.
Price said Clough's guide misrepresented her responses. She doesn't believe that the city should advertise anywhere because of the expense, she said. But if the city is going to advertise in one publication targeting a particular audience, she said, it should also advertise in the GLBT press.

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