Cathy Hirt, who finished third in the Fort Worth mayoral race earlier this month, is endorsing Jim Lane, the candidate who came in second behind Betsy Price.

Price and Lane will duke it out in a runoff election next month.

Here’s an excerpt from Hirt’s press release:

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“My mayoral campaign built a grassroots coalition of the finest citizens of our city,” says Hirt. “We campaigned on re-creating a City Hall that is transparent and open; one that puts taxpayers first by living within its means and ensuring that services remain the highest priority for a city proud of the quality of life it has offered residents for generations. I couldn’t be more pleased by the magnificent work of our volunteers and campaign staff, and our many achievements during our journey. Though we fell just short of our goal, the election goes on, as do the issues our great city faces.”

Here’s more from the press release: According to Hirt, Lane is the best candidate to carry forth the message she and her supporters worked so very hard to spread. Lane’s experience in city government will be invaluable to the art of governing and building the coalitions necessary to address the many challenges the city council will face. And Lane’s experience as a former city council member enables him to take the reins and go to work on Day One. Hirt served on the city council with Lane from 1996 – 1999.