Bill Williams announces bid for mayor
By Clint Confehr
Senior Staff Writer
A third Lewisburg man has tossed his hat in the ring to be a candidate in the May 7 race for mayor.
Bill Williams of Creekside Drive filed his petition on Feb. 7 to be named on the city election ballot as a candidate for mayor.
He faces Jim Bingham and Mike Farrar.
Williams, 63, is a Southern Carton account manager and that, he says, gives him "many opportunities to observe what brings jobs and economic opportunity for Lewisburg."
Jobs and a better economy are chief among his goals.
"I plan to work with the Industrial Development Board to maximize our opportunities and help sell or lease the buildings that are already in place in our community," Williams said.
This is his first run for public office. At First United Methodist Church, he's chairman of the Staff, Pastor, Parrish Committee, and he's chairman of the Marshall County Memorial Library Foundation, a panel separate from the public library board.
"We fund special projects like ancestry.com," Williams said of the foundation.
Born in Arizona, Williams' family moved to Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
In 1996, Mead Container Board general manager Arnold Lilly persuaded Williams to move here from Fort Worth to be Mead's sales manager.
"Over the years, I have grown to appreciate this great town and wonderful, supportive people who I have met," Williams said. "I feel we are poised to make great strides provided we have the right attitude and enthusiasm toward business opportunities.
"These next four years will be critical to Lewisburg's growth," he said. "The national economy is showing slow but steady improvement. We have already had some very positive signs for Lewisburg with existing plants planning expansion and new industries coming to our city.
"I will work to bring our community together so that prospective residents and businesses will know that we have a great location in which to live and invest," Williams said. "We need to nurture opportunities that keep our young people and graduates interested in staying in Lewisburg."
The deadline for candidate petitions is noon Feb. 21. At 9 a.m. the next day, election commissioners will meet to set the ballot.