Mayor Williams' former campaign manager running for Abilene City Council
ABILENE, Texas - The woman who ran Anthony Williams' campaign for mayor is now running for a seat next to him on the Abilene City Council. Alex Russell, 26, announced in a blog post that she is running for Abilene City Council Place 2. That seat is currently held by Councilman Bruce Kreitler. "The average age of our current seven Abilene Council members, 61. Our government is a representative democracy," Russell wrote on her blog. "Our government is meant to be representative of our population, and when it is not, it cannot work to serve we the people as it is intended." Russell is a 2014 graduate of Texas Tech University. She grew up in Abilene and returned to the Key City after graduation to be the VP of Operations/Marketing for Lytle Land & Cattle and Sharon's Barbecue and Catering. Both restaurants are owned by her grandmother, Sharon Riley. She left the restaurant biz last November to help start up a PR business. In December, Williams hired her to run his mayoral campaign. Williams went on to defeat Richard Kennedy and then Robert Briley in a runoff. Russell is planning an official campaign kick-off in January. That is when candidates can officially file. The election will be held in May. KTXS reached out to Kreitler, who was first elected in 2015, to find out if he plans to run for re-election. We have not yet heard back.