Willie Steele will retain his seat on the Sherman City Council after voters re-elected him to the At-Large Place 1 seat.
Steele received 57 percent of the votes cast — 4,732 in total — in the city’s municipal election that saw him vying for the position against Sherman attorney Sholdon Daniels.
“I’ve always felt like I had a lot of support,” Steele said of the responses he’s gotten from the community about his candidacy. “When I was appointed to fill that spot and then decided to run for this term, I just had a real good feeling about it from the support that I’d gotten out in the community and people encouraging me to run.”
It was Steele’s second win in a race for the position in two years, as he was initially appointed to the position in September 2017 after former council member Kevin Couch resigned to run for state office. Voters then elected Steele to the position in November of last year to serve out the unexpired term through this month.
In addition to being a current council member, Steele previously served on the council from 2007 to 2011. He is currently a lending officer at Ameristate Bank and has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as with Keep Sherman Beautiful and on the board of the Sherman Economic Development Corp.
“I think we have the right pieces in place to just continue what we’ve been doing,” Steele said of his plans moving forward. “The city is at a real crucial point. We’re not becoming the bigger city, and it’s important to stay the course and keep doing the things that we’re doing.”
In his first time running for the council, Daniels received 3,570 votes or 43 percent of the votes cast. Daniels is also a former member of the Sherman Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and, during a candidate forum last month, said he felt the need for civic service was first ingrained in him while spending time with his uncle Bill Godson, who was the longtime mayor of Whitewright. Calls seeking comment from Daniels Tuesday night were not immediately returned.
“I was excited for Sholdon,” Steele said of his opponent. “It’s always encouraging when younger people want to get involved in the city. I appreciate him running a good race, and I look forward to seeing his name involved in something in the future.”
During the candidate forum last month, Daniels said he’d like to see the city do a better job making sure funds are allocated fairly throughout the city to fund important projects.
“I believe every person in every neighborhood in Sherman matters,” Daniels said.