BREAKING NEWS: Clyde Williams Jumps Into NY-13 Contest

Card Image - Clyde 2012In a surprise to no one Manhattan Democrat Clyde Williams officially launched his congressional campaign for NY-13 (Upper Manhattan/Bronx) this morning. Williams now numbers among six other announced candidates seeking to succeed longtime Harlem congressman Rep. Charles B. Rangel. The other announced contenders are Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright, State Senators Adriano Espaillat and Bill Perkins, Adam Clayton Powell IV, Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook and Michael Gallagher. Williams ran and lost in a 2012 challenger to Rep. Rangel. Assemblyman Wright has been endorsed by Mr. Rangel.

 

It was only last week that in our “TBC Spotlight” Mr. Williams discuss that he was exploring a run for NY-13. Williams says, “he is the only candidate ready to hit the ground running in Washington D.C. on day one and that he is ready to share his vision for the future with voters over the next 8 months.”

 

In his exploratory phase, Clyde Williams says he traveled the district talking to residents in Washington Heights, East Harlem, Central Harlem, Inwood, Kingsbridge, Norwood and Bedford Park about their hopes, fears, and biggest challenges. Williams said, he heard that residents are hungry for new leadership – less talk and more effective action – and a real desire to turn the page on the corruption and mismanagement of the past. He said that he heard voters everywhere express the need for “new ideas and new leadership.”

 

“People are fed up with a political machine that has failed to deliver for the residents of this community.” For too long, politicians representing Upper Manhattan and the Bronx have put their own interests over the people they represent – letting problems fester for decades. We need real leadership to deliver real results,” said Williams.

 

Williams added, “For me, this race is about working with residents across this district to develop new, comprehensive solutions to our problems – housing, education, public safety, health care. Some of my opponents see this seat as their birthright or a prize for years of ineffective governing. Not me. I want to share my vision for the future, listen to the ideas and challenges facing people here, and earn the trust of voters in the 13th district. 

 

The Democratic primary election for NY-13 is Tuesday, June 28, 2016.