BY RODNEY D. GANTT
As the September primaries draw closer, yet another Southeast Queens native and political hopeful has entered the race, launching her campaign to become the next State Assemblywoman of District 33.
On Thursday June 23, local official Nantasha Williams, a lifelong resident of Cambria Heights scheduled a press conference to announce the start of her campaign. The event was held just outside the office of former Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, who held the seat for nearly 30 years before her untimely passing earlier this year. Williams praised Clark for her selfless and compassionate leadership and “unwavering commitment to our local schools and children.” Williams is running on various platforms including improving public safety, protecting seniors as well as transforming the education system through the expansion and funding of community schools, fixing Common Core testing and teacher/student evaluation and comprehensive after-school and summer enrichment learning programs.
“Through boots on the ground and transformative action I will work tirelessly to increase the quality of life, for a better community,” said Williams.
Currently serving as Chief of Staff for Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, Williams recently served as Executive Director for the Black Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus. She is considered a well respected political strategist and community advocate.
Other than her work in government, Williams, a member of various community organizations and an active member in Queens County Young Democrats, American Society for Public Administration, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and United for Progress Democratic Club.
In 2015, Williams was honored as one of ‘Albany’s Rising Stars Top 40 Under 40’ by City & State.
Alongside Williams are four other Southeast Queens individuals who have announced their bids for the assembly seat: board member of the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults (JSPOA) and resident of Queens Village, Roy Paul, former Chief of Staff to Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) and attorney Clyde Vanel, President of the Jamaica branch of the NAACP, Leroy Gadsden and Southeast Queens native and former President of the Queens County Young Democrats Jamal Wilkerson.