Clyde Williams has experience working in Washington, D.C. for two presidents and prides himself on being able to navigate the intricacies of the federal government without being a part of the political machine. In recent debates, he has focused on jobs and education.
What you should know?
Mr. Williams has experience working in government, but has never been elected to office.
What about the Bronx?
Many of Mr. Williams’ specific ideas about change he wants to bring to the district are Manhattan-centric (reforming the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, bringing tourism, including hotels, to Harlem). His campaign slogan “Moving Uptown Forward” doesn’t exactly warm the hearts of Bronxites.
Who wants him to win?
Mr. Williams nabbed two big newspaper endorsements recently. The New York Times and The New York Daily News backed the candidate as being the candidate who can best represent the district’s diverse constituency.
Bronx for Clyde, run by Northwest Bronx Liberty Democratic Club, is also supporting the candidate.
Though his former boss, President Bill Clinton, did not make an endorsement, the fact he did not endorse Mr. Rangel, a man he campaigned for in the past, means he’s silently on Team Clyde.
“From my vantage point, I’m the only person who’s running against Charlie Rangel who’s actually worked in Washington, D.C. I’m the only person who’s running who worked for two presidents,” Mr. Williams said in an interview with The Press in May.