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ABILENE CITY COUNCILMAN TO RUN FOR MAYOR

ABILENE CITY COUNCILMAN TO RUN FOR MAYOR

City councilman and civic leader, Anthony Williams, Sr. officially announced his intention to be the next Mayor of Abilene. Williams made the announcement at a press conference Monday, December 19th at his residence. {{more}} The press conference was a small and somewhat intimate gathering with only his wife, Lynette, his two sons, John and Ahjae, and a select group of local media. Williams stated that he chose this as the forum rather than a larger and more public venue to illustrate and symbolize the type of mayor he would be for Abilene and its people. He aspires to be a public servant that is “accessible and relatable to the average Abilenian”. He is, he says “ready, willing, and able to be the peoples choice for mayor.” From an experiential point of view, this would certainly appear to be the case. Mr. Williams has served as a City Councilman since 2001 as well as Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Abilene . Both he and Robert Briley, local business man and prior Councilman, announced they would run for mayor shortly after Norm Archibald made it known that he did not plan to run for re-election in the spring. Williams’ government, civic, and business experience speaks volumes on behalf of his qualification to seek the office of Mayor. But it isn’t what really sets Williams apart. What makes him the best choice for Mayor, he says, is that he is the average Abilenian. He was born and raised here in Abilene, in the neighborhoods that struggle the most financially and with the highest crime rates. The Carver, Stevenson, Alameda, Holiday Hills and Butternut/Chestnut are neighborhoods he mentioned as being the source of 20% of the crime in Abilene. He was given a “hand up” as a youth and his been a long time advocate and in many ways a dedicated servant to these same neighborhoods. “I am tied to these neighborhoods, I relate to and care about these neighborhoods.” As a Mayor, Williams stated he will be real, authentic, and inclusive; not a politician in the traditional sense of the word. But someone that the people can talk to and relate to as a neighbor. If elected, Williams plans to develop a separate fund dedicated to repairing city streets, because, he says, when there is a clear funding process set aside for specific purpose it creates more accountability and transparency. He would also like to bring more development to the area by reaching out to other West Texas communities such as Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, and San Angelo. “There really needs to be a greater collaboration with those who are kin, those other West Texas communities.”“There is plenty ahead for Abilene”

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