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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sandra Williams
September 26, 2013 Cellular: 216-849-2770

CLEVELAND – State Representative Sandra Williams (D-11th), currently serving her fourth term in the Ohio House of Representatives, today announced her intent to run for the Ohio Senate District 21 seat.

“I am running to continue building a foundation for economic growth and prosperity for every citizen in Northeast Ohio,” said Rep. Williams. “I will fight every day to ensure that the citizens of this community have access to quality healthcare, strong schools and the chance to realize the American Dream. I have spent my career fighting to make this community stronger and will continue to do so if elected to serve in the Ohio Senate.”

A proven leader, Williams led the charge to restructure the Cleveland Municipal School District. House Bill 525 provides the foundation for stronger schools, increased learning opportunities, and a brighter future for Cleveland’s children.

"I endorse Rep. Sandra Williams because she has served with integrity in the legislature and has been a strong advocate who has delivered results back to Cleveland. Rep. Williams' leadership on the Cleveland Plan has helped to add to Northeast Ohio's growth and future and is critical in helping to sustain the gains that we have made in the business community and the neighborhoods, said Mayor Frank G. Jackson."

Williams has championed economic development and job creation initiatives through her tenure in the legislature. As the sponsor of the renewal of the third frontier program, over $494 million was invested in northeast Ohio, creating jobs and attracting businesses to the area.

As the President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, Williams negotiated a $200 million agreement for African American and female contractors with Ohio State University during their Phase I construction project and was responsible for over $400 million in contracts for African Americans, minorities and female owned construction companies during the construction of Ohio’s four new casino’s. Williams was instrumental in creating a minority influenced congressional district in central Ohio that resulted in the first time in Ohio history two African Americans were elected to Congress from this state.

A trained criminologist, Williams co-sponsored legislation that reformed sentencing laws (HB86) and reentry laws (SB 337) in Ohio, which gives ex-offenders greater opportunities for success, as well as legislation to overhaul criminal re-entry laws that remove barriers to employment.

Williams has spent more than two decades as a public servant working in numerous positions including a legislative aide, corrections officer, probation officer, parole officer, and a mediator for the State of Ohio. She also served our country as a member of the United States Army Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1995.

Williams holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and a Masters in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Tiffin University. Williams is currently a graduate student in the Cleveland State University Executive Masters in Business Administration program and anticipates graduating in May of 2014.

In addition to the endorsement of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Williams has also been endorsed by political strategist Arnold Pinkney, co-chairman emeritus of Forest City Enterprises Albert B. Ratner, Earl Leiken (Shaker Hts.) and Trevor Elkins (Newburgh Hts.), Ohio Senator Nina Turner, Representatives Barbara Boyd, Armond Budish, Mike Foley, Nickie Antonio, Cleveland Councilpersons Phyllis Cleveland, Anthony Brancatelli, and Mamie Mitchell, Shaker Hts. Councilman Rob Zimmerman, Teamsters Union Local 416 President Sonny Nardi, United Auto Workers CAP Council Director Harold Wilson.

The primary election for the Ohio Senate District 21 seat will be in May 2014. To learn more about Williams, visit her website at



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