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Perry Williams Added to Finalist List for AEDC

Real estate developer Perry Williams has been added to the list of finalists vying to become the next board member on the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation.

Williams, developer of Town Square Village and 2016 nominee for Pioneer of the Year, was added to the list during last night's City Council meeting. Council members said that Williams had previously turned in an application for the board, prior to consideration, but the application had been overlooked. Council members agreed to add Williams to the list, last night, updating the list to five finalists.

Previously named finalists include:

·         Paul Christy, apartment complex owner

·         Joshua Raef, Chick-Fil-A on Georgia Street owner

·         Laura Street

·         William "Bill" Sumerford, retired engineer

The five candidates are vying to fulfill the term of Ginger Nelson, who resigned from the AEDC board, in 2016, to run for Mayor of Amarillo.

Council members recently made appointments to the board, in early 2015. Council members voted 3-2 to appoint Roasters Coffee and Tea owner Craig Gualtiere and attorney Brian Heinrich to the board. Then-councilmember Brian J. Eades and Mayor Paul Harpole opposed the appointments.

More information about the candidates' interviews will be available soon.

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