ACU Retail Manager Anthony Williams Files for Place 3 of City Council


For immediate release
Oct. 3, 2001

Anthony Williams, Abilene Christian University manager of retail operations, announced Tuesday that he would run for the vacant Abilene City Council seat to be filled in a Nov. 6 special election.

Williams will officially file for the race today, the first day of a week-long filing period.

A native Abilenian, Williams said if elected he would push economic development to help local businesses grow. To that end, he said he would ask business people what the city can do to help them rather than make decisions that affect them without their input.

"Another high priority is to make sure we have a customer-friendly City Hall," he said.

He credits the current council with a "good job,'' but said improvement is possible.

"I'm not a politician. I'm just a citizen of Abilene who cares about this community,'' he said. He described himself as a willing worker and a fiscal conservative who won't make "a laundry list of campaign promises.''

Williams said he is focused on the short campaign for the six-month unexpired council term, so he is not ready to talk about the election for a full three-year term in May.

The McMurry University graduate has been manager of retail operations for ACU since 1997. He worked for Payless Cashways as a college student and in management after graduation. He helped organize a midnight basketball league at Sears Park, and directed the program from 1992-94 and 1997-98.

Williams has been a member of the city's Human Relations Committee since 1997 and its chairman since 1999.

He and his wife, Lynette, have three children. He is a deacon in training at Minda Street Church of Christ. Recently he was named vice chairman of the Taylor County Republican Party.

The special Nov. 6 council election will coincide with a special District 30 state Senate election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Tom Haywood and a statewide constitutional amendments election.

Early voting in the election will be Oct. 22-Nov. 2.

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