Sandra Williams

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Sandra Williams
Member of the
Ohio Senate
from the 21st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Preceded by Shirley Smith
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 11th district
In office
January 2, 2007-December 31, 2014
Preceded by Annie L. Key
Succeeded by Stephanie Howse
Personal details
Born Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Residence Cleveland, Ohio
Alma mater Cleveland State University, Tiffin University
Profession Criminal Justice
Religion Christian

Sandra Williams is a Democratic member of the Ohio Senate, serving the 21st district since 2015.

Career[edit]

A native of Cleveland, Williams attended Cleveland State University and Tiffin University. Williams worked in the field of criminal justice for more than a decade. She worked in several different positions, including as a corrections officer, probation officer, parole officer and mediator. Williams also served as a member of the United States Army Reserve from 1987 to 1995.

Before being elected as a state representative, Williams worked within the Statehouse as a legislative aide.

After Williams' former boss Annie L. Key decided not seek reelection in 2006, Williams ran for the safe Democratic seat. She won the Democratic Primary with 30.38% of the vote in a field of six candidates.[1] She was unopposed in the November general election.[2]

In 2008, Williams was unopposed in the March Democratic Primary[3] and won the general election with 85.45% of the vote against Republican Rosalind McAllister.[4]

In 2009, Williams was elected President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, and continued to serve in that capacity through the 130th General Assembly.[5] Speaker Armond Budish also named Williams as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee for the 128th General Assembly.[6] She also served as Vice Chairman of the Public Utilities Committee,[7] as well as a member of the Financial Institutions, Real Estate and Securities Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee.

In 2010, Williams was again unopposed in the March Democratic Primary[8] and again defeated challenger Rosalind McAllister with 82.24% of the vote.[9]

Williams won election to a final term in 2012 by defeating challenger Tony Perry in the primary with 81.07% of the vote.[10] She was unopposed in the general election.[11]

Ohio Senate[edit]

In 2014, Williams won election to the Ohio Senate, to succeed Senator Shirley A. Smith.

Initiatives and positions[edit]

Williams has been a vocal critic of Governor John Kasich's lack of diversity upon choosing his cabinet, stating, "I would hope that Kasich would understand that this state is very diverse.... African-Americans, as well as other minorities, make up a significant portion of the state's population and his cabinet, as well as his staff, should reflect that."[12] She also has stated that there is a "strong possibility" that Gov. Kasich and the GOP controlled legislature would curtail efforts to expand minority business contracting.[13][14][15]

A staunch opponent of collective bargaining reform brought forth in S.B. 5, Williams believes that Republicans could risk defeat if the continue with the bill.[16]

As chairperson of the Legislative Black Caucus, Williams was vocal about a controversial initiative that would require a photo ID to cast a ballot. Williams believes that doing so would "disenfranchise" minority voters from participating in an election. She has called it an intentional attack on the Democratic Party.[17]

In April, 2011, Williams made news when citizens concerned about Governor Kasich's proposed budget tried to visit legislators' Columbus offices and were stopped by state troopers and a police dog. Williams, who had an appointment scheduled with the group, said the dog was unnecessary and intimidating.[18]

October 2014 conviction[edit]

On October 31, 2014, Williams pleaded no-contest in Franklin County Municipal Court to two first-degree misdemeanor charges: one count of illegal conversion of campaign funds and one count of filing a false report. The charges pertained to her having, in 2010, sold Ohio State University football tickets that had been purchased with campaign funds to an associate, retained the proceeds for personal use, and failed to properly report the transaction on her campaign finance reports. The illegal activity was discovered as a consequence of an FBI investigation of payday lending lobbying activity at the Ohio Statehouse. Prior to her conviction, Williams voluntarily reimbursed her campaign for the value of the tickets.[19] In early December 2014, Williams was fined $2000 after having been found guilty of both charges.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Election Results - Democratic Ohio House of Representatives: May 2, 2006". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Election Results - Ohio House of Representatives: November 7, 2006". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  3. ^ "Election Results - Democratic State Representative: March 4, 2008". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Election Results - State Representative: November 4, 2008". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  5. ^ "Ohio Legislative Black Caucus". Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  6. ^ Rep Sandra Williams appointed chair
  7. ^ Guillen, Joe (2011-03-29). "Ohio's collective bargaining overhaul could see nearly a dozen changes before House committee vote on Tuesday". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  8. ^ "Election Results - State Representative - Democratic: May 4, 2010". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  9. ^ "Election Results - Ohio House of Representatives: November 2, 2010". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  10. ^ "Election Results - Democratic Ohio Representative: March 6, 2012". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  11. ^ "Election Results - Final Results - November 2012" (Microsoft Excel). Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  12. ^ Fields, Reginald (2011-01-13). "Ohio Gov. John Kasich's 20 Cabinet appointments so far lack diversity". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  13. ^ "Black lawmakers blast Kasich for lack of diverse Cabinet". Toledo Blade. 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  14. ^ Fields, Reginald (2011-01-27). "Ohio Statehouse Democrats demand Gov. John Kasich embrace diversity, add minorities to his all-white cabinet". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  15. ^ Siegel, Jim (2011-01-28). "Blacks ask Senate to reject Kasich's all-white cabinet". Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2013-08-14 (blocked).  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. ^ Guillen, Joe (2011-03-29). "Ohio's collective bargaining overhaul could see nearly a dozen changes before House committee vote on Tuesday". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  17. ^ Siegel, Jim (2011-06-22). "Photo-ID rule removed from elections bill". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  18. ^ Guillen, Joe (2011-04-21). "Citizens say police dog, state troopers intimidated them on visit to legislators' offices". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  19. ^ Siegel, Jim (October 31, 2014). "State Rep. Sandra Williams found guilty of profiting from Ohio State football tickets". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  20. ^ Siegel, Jim (December 11, 2014). "State Rep. Dale Mallory sentenced in failure to disclose gifts case". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 

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