Billy Patterson, running unopposed, wins city seat

Running unopposed for Place 1 on the Brady City Council, local resident Billy J. Patterson will serve as the next elected city official and will take the oath of office at the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Feb. 6. City secretary Christi McAnally logged 199 total votes through early voting and election day, Jan. 20 with 184 votes cast for Patterson. Because this was a special election, write-in candidates were allowed to be submitted on the ballot. Nine write-in votes were cast for former City Councilman Larry Sharp as well as two write-ins for JoAnn Bauch, two for Gayla Bowen, one for Jesse Castanuela and one for Bill Ricks. “Voter turnout was low in this election because we had an unopposed candidate running,” said Mrs. McAnally. “Normally we average 500 voters in an election.” On the first day of filing, Dec. 6, Patterson submitted his letter of intent to Mrs. McAnally to run for the position and remained the only individual to file for the open position. A resident of Brady for two years, Patterson was born and raised in McCulloch County. A retired school administrator of 35 years, Patterson brings administrative and budget experience to the City Council. He served 19 years with the San Antonio school system, five in Odessa and 11 in San Angelo. He and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children, Marla Patterson of Houston, Billy Patterson of San Antonio and Jay Patterson of Dallas, and four grandchildren. Both of Nancy’s parents, Ira and Margaret Pearson, and Billy’s parents, J.D. and Thala Patterson, were longtime residents of Brady. “I just want to give something back to the City of Brady,” said Patterson. ‘This has basically been home for me all my life. I feel like with my career working with budgets and on the administrative level, I can add a great deal to the City Council.”

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