TYLER, Texas (KETK) — In the race for Tyler City Council District 3, incumbent Shirley McKellar held off a challenge Dalila Reynosa. McKellar received 245 votes and Reynosa had 183.
District 3 serves the northwest section of Tyler.
McKellar, a retired nurse who was an officer in the Army, was elected to the council in 2019. She is is a member of veterans groups including the Mental Health Veterans Advocacy Council and community service groups including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Top Ladies of Distinction of America and National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer.
She describes herself on her facebook page as a “dedicated public servant, veteran and entrepreneur” and “the candidate who works for you every day.”
She has emphasized her longtime ties to the district and listed her goals as improving parks and bringing new businesses into the district.
During a candidate forum hosted by Tyler NAACP, McKellar said that District 3 has not attracted businesses and professional services at the same rates as other parts of town.
She said she first ran for office because she “wanted to make sure that the growth in north Tyler was the same, resembled the growth of other parts of the city.”
She also said she wants to see more neighborhood revitalization efforts.
Dalila Reynosa, a Tyler native, has served as director of the East Texas Immigrant Advocacy and Resource Center and promotes the rights of immigrants in the area. She ran for the seat in 2019.
As a leader of the Texas Jail Project TJP, she has met with elected officials on behalf of inmates including those those suffering from mental illness.