Willie Steele is back on the Sherman City Council to stay after voters elected him to fill the unexpired term of the at-large, Place 1 seat.
Steele received 67.86 percent of the votes cast — 2,365 in total — in the city’s municipal election that saw him vying for the position against Sherman resident Ronald Rose.
“I think I just want to kind of help continue the direction we’re going,” Steele said of his plans going forward. “We’ve got a lot of good momentum and I think we’ve got some good leaders in place there at the city. Lots of good things are going to happen and I just want to be a part of that.”
Steele was appointed to the position in September after former council member Kevin Couch resigned to run for state representative for District 62. As Couch’s resignation happened more than a year before the end of his term, the city was required to call a special election to fill the unexpired term through November 2018. Steele previously served as a council member from 2007 to 2011.
In his first time running for public office, Rose received 1,120 votes for 32.14 percent of the votes cast.
“I’m new to the city of Sherman,” Rose said, adding he plans to run for a council seat again next year. “I didn’t hardly know that many people. Now I know tons of people. I’ll be running again next year, and now I know some of the things that I have to do next year — the places I need to be and the people I need to talk to, so I’ll definitely be way more prepared next year.”
Steele said he looks forward to Rose being involved with the city going forward.
“I think it’s exciting that we’ve got contested races (this year),” Steele said. “There’s been several times where we haven’t had that and I think it shows people are interested in getting involved in the city and trying to help out where we’re going.”
Rose also had compliments for Steele, saying he knows the newly elected council member will serve Sherman well.
“Getting to know him in this process, I can’t even be mad that he pulled it out,” Rose said. “He’s definitely a great guy.”
Sherman voters also cast 2,975 votes for Daron Holland, who was running unopposed for the District 4 council seat that is being vacated by Charles H. Brown Sr., who opted not to run for re-election this year. Brown was elected last year in a special election to fill the unexpired term left when Sherman Mayor David Plyler vacated the seat following his election as mayor.
The other contested council race in Tuesday’s election saw Josh Stevenson defeat Commie O. Linson for the District 2 seat. Stevenson received 2,393 votes — 65.89 percent — cast, while Linson received 1,239 votes —34.11 percent. The District 2 seat is currently held by Terrence Steele, who also chose not to run for re-election to the council this year.