Williams defeats Briley in runoff election for Abilene mayor


ABILENE, Texas - Abilene has a new mayor.

Former city councilman Anthony Williams soundly defeated Robert Briley in Saturday's runoff election.

According to complete but unofficial returns, Williams garnered 7,015 votes (57 percent), while Briley -- also an ex-councilman -- captured 5,201 votes (43 percent).

Williams will replace retiring Mayor Norm Archibald, who is stepping down after 13 years in the position.

Williams becomes Abilene's first African-American mayor.

"I'm proud of my heritage," Williams said. "I embrace my heritage, but this race really came down to who was the better candidate. And so we were the better candidate."

While he said he's " humbled by this whole experience," Williams said he's "looking forward to getting to work and working with others and trying to make Abilene all that Abilene can be."

Meanwhile, Briley expressed disappointment with the loss but pleased knowing his campaign "gave a good effort."

"I'm disappointed, obviously, that we put a lot of effort into this campaign and I really wanted to do the job," Briley said. "I knew that I could make a difference, but again we just turn the page to the next chapter of our lives."

During the primary election, Williams received 48 percent of the vote, while Briley earned 46 percent and 180 House leader Richard Kennedy totaled 6 percent.

KTXS will provide additional details as they become available.