Bill Sumerford, a local activist and retired engineer, has passed away.
Danny South, vice president of the Amarillo Tea Party, made the announcement of Sumerford's passing on Facebook. South posted that service information for Sumerford's family is pending and that Sumerford's wife, Kathy, should be kept in prayers.
Sumerford was a retired engineer who was greatly involved in local government. Along with Alan Abraham, Sumerford was one of the driving forces behind the passage of a initiative that froze property taxes for local seniors.
Sumerford ran for city commission and county judge and was one of four finalists for a vacant seat on the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation in February. Sumerford served on the executive committee of the Amarillo Taxpayers Political Action Committee and was instrumental in the defeat of five municipal bonds during November 2016's bond election.
Sumerford was also the president of the Amarillo Tea Party Patriots.