Yonkers Councilwoman Shanae Williams Announces Candidacy for County Clerk


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, and won 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

“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.”

AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief and co-owner of Black Westchester, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Rap Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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