Fort Worth mayoral candidate Dan Barrett's view of the city



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Posted on May 4, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 9 at 6:06 PM

FORT WORTH - We continue our look at the Fort Worth Mayoral Race.

Dan Barrett, a lawyer and former state representative, is vying for the job.

The 56-year-old father of two calls his campaign "a new way for Fort Worth."

Barrett supports a more stringent approach to urban drilling, including using vapor recovery systems.

He supports streetcars and light rail as part of a transportation plan.

Barrett also thinks developers, not government, should foot the bill for the Trinity River Vision.

Barrett comes at government from academic and professional perspectives.   

"I believe our spending priorities are completely out of whack," he said.

For instance, he believes it was counter-productive to close public pools to save money.

"I think services for children and things like pre-k programs and after school care programs are the types of programs we need to elevate to first level priorities," Barrett said. 

Barrett believes investments in programs for at risk youth should be protected like other public safety programs.

Barrett majored in government at the University of Texas. 

Texas Monthly named him a super lawyer for his work representing local governments in complex lawsuits.   

He served a term in the state legislature after winning a special election, founded a theater company in Fort Worth and served nearly a decade on the board of Shakespeare in the park.

"I was always interested in drama and enjoyed drama," Barrett said.

Dan Barrett quotes 16th century philosophers, but says the American he admires most is President Barack Obama.

"Just for the groundbreaking strides he's made in politics," Barrett said.

Barrett knows that statement might cost him some support among conservatives, but "when I’m asked a question, my default position is I answer the question how I feel."