Photography courtesy of Gay Donnell Willis.

Turtle Creek Conservancy chief executive Gay Donnell Willis beat businessman Leland Burk in Saturday’s runoff election for the District 13 City Council seat.

Donnell Willis beat Burk with about 54 percent of the vote.

“This City Council district has a long legacy of strong, effective leadership that leads with its strength in combing the budget for savings but won’t compromise on essential quality-of-life issues,” Donnell Willis said. “You will always know where I stand, and before taking a position, I will carefully listen to you and the neighborhoods.”

Donnell Willis and Burk were competing for the seat held by Jennifer Staubach Gates for the last eight years. The two advanced to the runoff when neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote in the May 1 election. At the time, Leland received 4,133 votes, or 43.04 percent, and Donnell Willis received 4,019 votes, or 41.85 percent.

Donnell Willis will be sworn in June 14 at a virtual inauguration ceremony.


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