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Budget hawk Shelby Williams, a longtime Plano community leader, today officially announced his candidacy for Plano City Council, Place 5.

Williams said his main focus as a member of city council will be reining in Plano taxpayers’ escalating city tax burden, along with the entire city budget. He pledged to work to reduce taxes, spending, and waste; and to increase council’s transparency and accountability.

He says he will always remember that he works for the people of Plano, and not the other way around.

“Like people from all over the world, my wife and I were drawn to Plano 15 years ago to start a family because this is an incredible city,” Williams said in a press statement. “I am stepping up to serve in an effort to preserve our unique suburban character and ensure responsible stewardship of our tax dollars. Together we can make Plano an even better place to live, work, raise a family, and start a business.”

Williams graduated with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and has enjoyed a successful career in business technology. He and his wife Mariya have been residents of Plano for the past 15 years and are raising three daughters in the city.

“I feel so blessed to live in Plano; it is truly an amazing place. I’ve traveled all around the world, but Plano is home,” added Williams. “As great as Plano is now, we can do even better as we chart our course into the future.”

Williams will face incumbent Ron Kelley in the May 4 municipal election.

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