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Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams will not seek reelection


Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams announced today that he will not seek reelection.

In a statement, Anthony Williams said it is time to pass the baton. Williams first joined the Abilene City Council as the Place Three City Councilman in 2001. Abilene elected him to the mayor’s role in 2016. As mayor, Williams has guided Abilene through tornadoes, drought, COVID-19, and a historic winter storm and tackled the usual duties of a mayor such as infrastructure and economic growth.

Williams accepted the role of Chief Diversity Officer with Abilene Christian University this year, and will continue in that role and says he looks forward to spending more time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

As he closed his letter, Williams said, "it has been a distinct honor and a true privilege" to serve the people of Abilene. He will remain in office until the May election.

Those interested in running for the open seat will be able to apply for a place on the ballot on January 18th.

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