Fernando Peralta announced his candidacy for Fort Worth’s District 9 City Council seat. Councilmember Ann Zadeh has announced her intentions to run for mayor and will not seek re-election. District 9 includes downtown, Oakhurst, and parts of south and central Fort Worth.
“I’m excited and honored to announce that I am officially running for Fort Worth City Council District 9. I’m ready to listen, work hard and advocate for all of our families,” Peralta stated.
Peralta currently serves in the Texas Army National Guard and is highly engaged in the city, most notably as President of Las Familias de Rosemont NA. The neighborhood association won the Fort Worth Neighborhood of the Year and Spirit of Fort Worth awards in the first year of its formation. Under Peralta’s leadership, the group has been successful in securing $3.1 million in neighborhood improvement funds and the installation of free Wifi during the COVID-19 pandemic from CARES Act funds.
“I have been proud to serve my community for the last couple of years. As President, I have been able to engage with so many of my neighbors and other community leaders to help bring a voice and resources to our neighborhood. Though it hasn't always been easy, I don’t shy away from a challenge just because it's hard. I push forward, because I always remember the neighbors and the families that I am doing it for,” said Peralta.
Peralta currently sits on three FWISD site-based decision committees for Rosemont Elementary, Rosemont 6th, and Richard J. Wilson Elementary schools. He is on the board of SteerFW, a nonpartisan civic engagement group seeking to increase young adult voter turnout, and is an active member of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas Fort Worth Chapter, a nonprofit that aims to uplift Latinas in the city.
When asked about running for City Council, Peralta said, “I have always been a strong advocate for the Latino communities in this city. I view this as an opportunity to extend my passion to all neighborhoods of District 9. I love this city and believe every resident in our city wants a better future for our families. I hope my experience and dedication proves that I’m ready and willing to do the work.”
Peralta and his wife, Maggie, live in the Rosemont area and have a newborn son, Sebastian.