Asheville Native and First Candidate Supported by WNC Green Party
Dee Williams, a native of Asheville, has filed for the 2017 Asheville City Council race. The first candidate ever supported by the WNC Green Party, she has been a vocal critic of Asheville’s gentrification boom and a champion of sustainable people-centered development.
Williams has decades of organizational experience in small-business development and in fighting for the interests of working people and people of color, whether against racial disparities and cronyism in city contracting or racial disparities in policing. Her platform has four basic components: living-wage jobs, permanent affordable housing, freezing city fees and property taxes for those on fixed or small incomes, and promotion of green jobs and environmental sustainability.
Williams holds degrees in Political Science/Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration, as well as practical skills and experience. She is the President of Dee Williams and Company, Inc. which specializes in providing technical assistance, training, and commercial loan packaging to small businesses and non-profit corporations. Prior to that Williams was a government contractor who provided highway construction services to local, state, and federal governments. She also holds professional certifications in Advanced Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Green Infrastructure Construction, and is licensed as a real estate broker by the N.C. Real Estate Commission.
Williams is the current chair of the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP Criminal Justice Reform Committee and the Economic Justice Workgroup, which is working to create permanently affordable housing in place of the currently “sunsetted” affordable housing, which reverts to market-priced housing after several years. She is also the WNC coordinator of the “Ban the Box” movement, which seeks to end the practice of forcing former inmates to push the employment self-destruct button by disclosing their incarceration history on job applications.
Williams was accompanied by a number of campaign volunteers when she filed her candidacy papers at the Board of Elections at 11 a.m. on July 18. “We need to diversify our economy, invest in local jobs, and ensure that we retain our quality of life in Asheville,” said Williams.