News 8 profiles Fort Worth mayoral candidate Jim Lane



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Posted on May 6, 2011 at 1:10 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 9 at 6:06 PM

FORT WORTH - Thursday night's WFAA profile is Fort Worth mayoral candidate Jim Lane. The 66-year-old is a lawyer and six-term former city council member.

He believes the city should revisit rules governing urban drilling. He says he supports rail and streetcars as long as they serve all parts of the city, and he backs the Trinity River Vision, but wants to cap city dollars at $26 million already appropriated.

A visit to his law office is a lesson in Fort Worth history. It’s full of western memorabilia, with longhorn hides on the old wood floors.

"A lot of tribes use this,” he said holding a hooked stick wrapped in an animal pelt. “But this was made by the Comanches for me."

Every politician has talking points. Lane has a talking stick.

"Whoever has the stick can talk,” he said. “Whoever doesn't have the stick can listen. I use it all the time in meetings here." 

He said he figures the stick would come in handy at city hall. Lane's law office reflects his Native American heritage and interests.He has Cherokee on his dad's side and is cowboy to the bone.

"I've been here a long time now,” he drawled, leaning across a desk that came out of the exchange building in the stockyards. “I grew up in Fort Worth. My daddy taught school here. My grandparents lived on the north side here."

Lane's  boots and white hat are a fixture at the courthouse downtown. He works in an old house on the north side, which is  where he also lives in an old house.

"112 years old,” he said of the house. “And my little boy is 4-years-old and he's fluent in Spanish."

Lane and his wife adopted Jake as a baby. The red-haired boy and fair-skinned parents attend a black Baptist Church on the north side.

"This is a minority majority city now, and if you don't teach your children to live in the community they're being raised in, they're not going to be successful," he said.

He spent 12 years on the Fort Worth City Council pushing for a daily cattle drive, the speedway and the Cats baseball team.

As a young Army lawyer, he defended two soldiers accused in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. Ever since, Lane has been defending Fort Worth's roots.