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October 14, 2020      6:06 PM

In southwest Fort Worth, Rep. Goldman faces strong challenge from first time candidate Beck

Competitive fundraising fuels some nasty attacks on both sides, the two attend the same synagogue where the Rabbi says “Two leaders from the same temple running for the same position in Fort Worth, Texas. In our broken country, this is something to feel proud of.”

FORT WORTH – Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth, doesn’t say he’s a fifth generation Texan and fourth generation Fort Worthian for just the bragging rights.

“I have a desire to serve,” Goldman said, campaign sign in hand, greeting voters at 9 a.m. on the first day of early voting.

The Goldmans are a name brand family in the city, especially in this slice of Cowtown, where it’s pretty well known that House District 97 was drawn to include the majority of the city’s Jewish population. Indeed, the city’s major synagogues are in the district, as well as Benbrook, a city of nearly of 24,000, and unincorporated parts of the county.

The Goldmans are well connected in city and state affairs, too.

His brother, Adam, is an Austin lobbyist. Goldman worked for former Sen. Phil Gramm, former Congressman Jeb Hensarling and been active in party politics.

But name recognition may not be enough to help Goldman in his reelection bid this cycle against first time candidate Elizabeth Beck, an attorney and Iraq War veteran.

By James Russell

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