The race for Houston City Council is on, as Mike Sullivan gets a contender for the soon to be vacant seat for District E. William R. Williams, known as "Will" to his friends," announced his candidacy on Saturday at River Grove Park in Kingwood. It was the first of two stops for the council hopeful- the second was at Fullerton Park in Clear Lake Saturday afternoon. Williams says his desire is to serve at the local level, and his platform centers on four key issues that he feels are important for residents in District E. District E is one of the largest of the City's districts and includes Kingwood, Forest Cove, Clear Lake and Sagemont. "The size of the district inhibits effective representation by setting up a Kingwood versus Clear Lake mentality- this need not be the case," said Williams. "When I am elected to council, residents from all corners of District E can rest assured that their interests will be represented equally." Williams' first issue in his platform for Houston City Council District E is to improve the air quality in Houston. Williams made his announcements at River Grove Park in Kingwood and Fullerton Park in Clear Lake because of his belief that green spaces, in conjunction with the city's efforts to abate pollution, are important in preserving the air quality in Houston. Second, Williams wants to increase the number of police officers on the street, saying that the number of officers in the Houston Police Department is small for a city the size of Houston and "that is a significant issue for residents." Third, Williams wants to increase mobility in Kingwood, focusing on the entrances and exits. "Adding another exit lane on Kingwood Drive would be a benefit to Kingwood," he said. And last, Williams hopes to bring about a collaborative effort between the city and District E to ensure that every resident of District E has effective representation on the Council. "District seats represent only one vote on City Council," he said. "In order to move a district's agenda forward, a council member must build alliances with at-large council members and representatives of other districts. As an in-house attorney for whom consensus building is a daily part of my job, I believe I have a valuable set of skills to bring to District E." Williams has a B.A. in Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law. He is currently the general counsel for Imperial Recovery Corporation, an oil service firm specializing in emulsion treatment. He has volunteered as a deputy voter registrar for Harris County for the past four years, and serves as an alternate election judge for Harris County elections. He lives in Kingwood with his wife of ten years, Kim Hammond, and their children, Liam and Gareth. He attends Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Mike Sullivan announced his candidacy for Houston City Council District E in February. Official filing for Houston City Council is in July. Photo: William R. Williams

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