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Alan Williams (Florida politician)

Alan B. Williams
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 8th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 18, 2008
Preceded by Curtis Richardson
Personal details
Born (1975-03-22) March 22, 1975
Tallahassee, Florida
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Opal McKinney-Williams
Children Adrianna, Alan-Louis
Alma mater Florida A&M University (B.S.) (M.B.A.)
Profession Business consultant
Religion Baptist

Alan B. Williams (born March 22, 1975) is a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 8th District, which includes Gadsden County and sections of downtown Tallahassee in Leon County, since 2008.

History

Williams was born in Tallahassee, and attended Florida A&M University, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 1998, and a Master of Business Administration in 2003. After graduation, he began working for Sprint Nextel in sales, but quit to work as a community outreach aide for John Marks, the Mayor of Tallahassee.

Florida House of Representatives

In 2008, following the inability of State Representative Curtis Richardson to seek re-election due to term limits, Williams ran to succeed him in the Democratic primary in the 8th District, which included northern Gadsden County and parts of Tallahassee in Leon County. He defeated Carolyn Roberson, Rudy Maloy, Sean Shaw, Anthony Viegbesie, Hubert R. Brown and Rodney S. Moore in a crowded primary with 41% of the vote. Williams encountered independent candidate Robert Maddox in a landslide, winning 84% of the vote. He was re-elected without opposition in 2010.

Following the reconfiguration of Florida House districts, the redrawn 8th District included most of the territory that Williams had previously represented, but now included all of Gadsden County in exchange for fewer sections of Leon County. He was unopposed in both the Democratic primary and the general election, and won his third term entirely uncontested.

While serving in the legislature, Williams strongly supported legislation that would expand early voting opportunities, despite viewing it as a less-than-perfect bill, declaring "Let's make this state we are proud of from the elections standpoint. We want to make sure no one is standing in line at three in the morning when the president has already been announced the winner."[1] Additionally, following the passage of the budget, which gave state workers a raise from $1,000 to $1,400, Williams praised it as benefitting his constituents, noting, "When you think about North Florida, state government is the life blood of our area. A lot of individuals work at a number of different facilities, whether it's in corrections or here in Tallahassee."[2] Additionally, Williams attempted to serve in a leadership role for the 2014-2016 term, when State Representative Darryl Rouson, who was set to become the Florida House Democrats' leader for the 2014-2016 session, was ousted by the caucus. Williams ran to be the floor leader in Rouson's place, but was defeated by Mark Pafford in a 29-12 vote.[3]

References

  1. ^ Portman, Jennifer (May 3, 2013). "Elections bill heads to governor's desk".  
  2. ^ Springer, Mike (May 6, 2013). "Session Ups and Downs".  
  3. ^ Van Sickler, Michael (September 25, 2013). "Florida House Democrats choose Mark Pafford as new leader".  

External links

  • Florida House of Representatives - Alan Williams
  • Williams for State House
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