WATCH: Fort Worth mayoral candidates discuss the issues — but not LGBT ones


WFAA Channel 8  over the weekend hosted a debate — well, they call it a debate but it is, to me, more of a question-and-answer session — with the five candidates campaigning to succeed eight-year Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, who is not running for re-election.

The debate, moderated by Channel 8′s Brad Watson and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy, is a little over 20 minutes long and features the candidates answering questions on topics like the city’s budget, urban oil drilling and the city’s pension and benefits plans. Despite the fact that LGBT issues have played a very prominent part in Fort Worth city politics over the last 18 months, neither Watson nor Kennedy asked the candidates any LGBT-related issues.

Still, if you live in Fort Worth, then you most likely care what the candidates have to say on the issues they did discuss. So I am posting the video here. (I live in Fort Worth, by the way, and I do care about the issues.)

The candidates are former city council members Cathy Hirt and Jim Lane, former state Rep. Dan Barrett, current Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Betsy Price and filmmaker Nicholas Zebrun.

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Oil drilling and quakes in North Texas

Okay, so this isn’t an LGBT story at all. But I live in Fort Worth and they are drilling all over my neighborhood, so it is important to me.

Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas have released a report on a joint study they did saying that there is “a plausible connection” between drilling in the Barnett Shale for natural gas and a series of small earthquakes that rattled the Dallas-Fort Worth area from fall 2008 through last spring.

A second report is due out soon that will address quakes that happened in Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, during that same time period. There’s a lot of drilling going on there, too.

There were about a dozen earthquakes recorded in DFW, the largest reading a 3.3 on the Richter Scale. None caused any reported injuries or major damage. According to the study, there may have been as many as 11 more earthquakes too small for anyone to notice.

This story in the Houston Chronicle pointed out that since drilling in the area stopped, there have been no more earthquakes here.

Like I said, I know this isn’t really an “LGBT story.” But it sure could affect some LGBT people in this area (like me). And in light of the huge earthquakes that have devastated Haiti and Chile in recent weeks, I think it is something to take note of.

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