Voters return Williams to High Springs Commission


Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 9:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 9:20 p.m.

Byran Williams will soon start a third stint on the High Springs City Commission.

Williams, 54, was elected to Seat 4 on the Commission Tuesday evening. A local pastor and car wash owner, Williams drew a little more than 55 percent of the vote. His opponent, Pat Rush, received a little less than 45 percent.

Williams previously served on the City Commission from 2004 to 2009 and from 2010 to 2011. He will succeed Dean Davis, who is currently serving as mayor and did not seek re-election

In his campaign, Williams said the City Commission needed to move in a different direction than the majority had taken with 3-2 decisions involving the dispatch center, a charter amendment on a borrowing cap and the hiring and eventual firing of a city manager with no prior government administration experience. He said the City Commission majority needs to be responsive to the public.

“I think the people in High Springs have said they want to go in a new direction,” Williams said Tuesday evening. “They want more unity in the city.”

He said one priority would be moving ahead with the expansion of the city’s sewer system to bring in more customers and raise revenues for the system.

A charter amendment also on the ballot Tuesday may make that expansion more difficult — should it survive a legal challenge that a circuit judge has said is “likely” to succeed.

That amendment would limit the amount the city may borrow in any single bond or loan to $1 million, unless there is supermajority City Commission approval and voter approval in a referendum.

In Seat 5, incumbent Scott Jamison will return to office unopposed after a challenger, Edward Riess, dropped out of the race

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