Congressional Candidate Brings Leadership Qualities to Race
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, June 18- No stranger to politics, Clyde Williams has worked under both President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and has now set his sights on the 13 Congressional District, currently held by Charles Rangel.
Williams recently took time out from his busy campaign schedule to sit down to discuss his background, experience and what he hopes to accomplish for the newly redrawn district that now includes parts of the Bronx, if elected.
Williams, 49, was born and raised in Washington, DC., and is the former head of the Democratic National Committee as well as being the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Agriculture, overseeing 100,000 employees and an $18 million annual budget.
Williams explained, "I'm the only person who's running against Congressman Rangel who's actually worked in Washington, DC... I'm the only person who can hit the ground tomorrow and actually do something to bring resources to this Congressional District."
On Congressman Rangel, Williams politely stated, "I respect the Congressman, but I think it's time for new leadership, it's time for a change."
Williams continued, "The two major people I'm running against, they both represent the political establishment, they represent the political machine that is New York... they haven't even talked about issues yet."
On those issues, Williams states, "You have a huge health care disparity that exists in this community, same thing with education... and unemployment. Our unemployment is almost twice the national average."
Williams is married to his wife Mona, whom he actually met in the, "Situation room," at the White House, the couple have two small children and reside in Harlem.
Anthony Rivieccio, Director of the Northwest Bronx Democrats, has thrown his support behind Williams as he has been meeting voters in Bedford Park, Norwood and Van Cortland Village.
Rivieccio stated, "We support Clyde Williams because we are looking for an independent, non-house Democrat. I think in the Bronx he has a good chance of winning."
Primary Day is slated for Tuesday, June 26.
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