BROOKLYN (July 22, 2021) – Higher Heights for America PAC, the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more progressive Black women at all levels, announces its endorsement of Sandra Williams for mayor of the City of Cleveland, Ohio.
Williams, a native of Cleveland, has served the needs of Clevelanders as a member of the Ohio House and now the Ohio Senate. Williams’ background includes serving in the Army Reserves for 8 years, as well as 10 years working in criminal justice in criminal justice serving as a corrections officer, parole officer and probation officer and mediator.
During Williams’ time in the Senate, she passed the Cleveland Plan that raised the graduation rates to nearly 80%, as well as passed the Ohio Third Frontier program that provided dollars to cutting edge research projects in healthcare and other industries, and successfully convinced Governor Kasich to establish the Community – Police Advisory Board.
As a daughter of Cleveland, if elected mayor, Williams will become the first Black woman mayor of the city. Williams says she’s committed to rebuilding the local economy and creating a hub of commerce, enhancing educational opportunities for students at every age and reimagining public safety.
“I have a vision for the future of Cleveland — one where we all prosper, our communities are safe, our workforce is strong, and our children are receiving a high-quality education. I know it is not going to be easy, but I know that together we can make it happen,” Williams said.
Williams holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cleveland State University and went on to earn a Master’s in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University and also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Tiffin University and is an Associate Professor at Cleveland State University. She has previously served as President of the Ohio Black Legislative Caucus and the Vice Chairwoman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. She is a member of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus, NAACP, Black Women’s Political Action Committee, and the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World.
“It’s time for change to come to Cleveland and Sandra is the person who can deliver it. With her time in the Senate and as a lifelong Clevelander, Sandra is well aware of the issues the city has faced in the past, and is well-equipped to bring change, “ said Glynda C. Carr, President and CEO, of Higher Heights. “With Sandra as mayor, Cleveland will be set for revitalization in ways it’s never been seen before. As the potential first Black woman mayor, Sandra will pave the way for other Black women to step into politics, and have a seat at the table.”
Higher Heights for America PAC strongly encourages its members to support Williams’ campaign with their time, talent and resources. We know there is strength in our numbers, and when mobilized, Black women can and do make the difference in elections.