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Shanae Williams Announces Candidacy for Westchester County Clerk

YONKERS, NY – December 21, 2020 – Yonkers City Councilwoman Shanae Williams announced her candidacy for Westchester County Clerk at a meeting of the Yonkers Democratic Party Executive Committee held Thursday, December 17, 2020. Councilwoman Williams has served on the Yonkers City Council since her appointment by Mayor Mike Spano in 2018, winning a full term in 2019. Councilwoman Williams holds a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Business Administration, with a focus in Leadership.

“Westchester residents deserve a County Clerk who will view the office through the lens of affirmative access and equity,” said Councilwoman Williams. “My campaign is about breaking down barriers and bringing new energy, new ideas, and a new voice to county-wide government. As your next County Clerk, I will deliver new levels of transparency and access to county government, ensure equitable access to government services, and promote commerce and entrepreneurship throughout the county.”

“During my tenure on the Yonkers City Council, I have fought for increased affordable housing options, improved services and resources for the homeless population, and created dialogue and action on police and criminal justice reform,” continued Councilwoman Williams. “I am proud that I have never backed down from tough, under-addressed issues during my time on the City Council, and will bring that same commitment and energy to the Clerk’s Office. I am well qualified to manage and optimize the County Clerk’s Office having worked in both the public and private sector. However, I will use my unique background and commitment to efficient, transparent government to re-imagine the work of the Clerk’s Office, optimize procedures and practices, and make the Clerk’s Office user-friendly for all residents and businesses.”

“The County Clerk’s office is a large and important component of county government, and deserves energetic and forward thinking leadership. My opponent promised voters four years ago that he would not run for a fifth term, yet plans to run for re-election to pad his pension after receiving a huge political pay raise. We deserve elected officials who are in government for the right reasons, stick to their word, and deliver for taxpayers, not just themselves.”

I am a young, educated, immigrant, woman of color who is experienced, innovative and observant. My campaign for Westchester County Clerk is an opportunity to bring true representation and diversity to county government. Westchester residents have shown in recent years that they are ready for change, and a new generation of leadership in government. Together, we can bring this change, and build a Clerk’s Office that truly represents and works for our community.”


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