Fort Worth Mayor Up For Prestigious World Award

Andrew Greenstein
September 04, 2018 - 12:45 pm
Betsy Price

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LONDON (1080 KRLD) - Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is on the short list for the World Mayor Prize.

Price is one of four mayors from North America and 27 mayors from 20 countries up for the prestigious award.

"I was shocked when I was nominated the first time," Mayor Price tells KRLD news. "I knew nothing about it. And now, to make the short list of nominees, it's very exciting."

The other mayors from North America on the short list are Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC; Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Calif.; and Carmen Yulin Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"It's pretty mind-boggling, the competition we're up against. So just to make that short list is very heart-warming for me."

No U.S. mayor has ever won the World Mayor Prize.

The only North American to win the prize is Naheed Nenshi of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 2014.

The World Mayor Project is focusing on women for its 2018 prize, saying women in local government are under-represented.

"Women just need to realize that they're as capable of doing this as anyone, and they bring so much to the table," says Mayor Price. "You need a diverse governance committee, and I think women should just realize they can do it and juggle their life around and make it work."

The organization's website says the awards honor mayors who "serve with integrity, determination and imagination."

Mayor Price says her best attribute is that she loves people.

"I'm passionate about the City of Fort Worth, and I like to be engaged with people," she says. "I like to be talking with them and working with them in knowing how to make this a better city."

Follow this link to vote for Mayor Price.