|Board member, Prince George's County Board of Education, District 9|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||June 24, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Maryland-College Park|
|Profession||Land development manager|
Williams earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland-College Park in 1991. She later earned a master's degree in international leadership from Georgetown University in 2012. Williams currently works as a land development manager for The Peterson Companies. She and her husband have two children.
|Prince George's County Public Schools, District 9 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Sonya Williams Incumbent||42.3%||4,978|
|Nonpartisan||Domonique A. Flowers||35.7%||4,195|
|Nonpartisan||Denise M. Joseph||14.2%||1,671|
|Nonpartisan||Johnnie R. Isaac||7.8%||918|
|Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election," accessed June 25, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.|
Williams was endorsed by The Washington Post ahead of the primary election.
What's at stake?
Issues in the district
End of temporary visa sponsorship
The district announced that it will no longer sponsor temporary work visas in a letter to more than 150 foreign teachers distributed in April 2014. District schools have used the federal work visa program to recruit teachers in specialized subjects over the past 10 years. The decision by district officials follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into misuses of the visa program in 2011. Prince George's County Public Schools was fined $1.7 million and repaid $4.2 million in back wages after federal investigators determined that the district passed along visa fees to participating teachers. Federal law requires employers to pay worker visa fees. This investigation also prevented the district from recruiting new visa recipients in 2012. The district received federal approval to resume use of the worker visa program in March 2014 but clarified its new position in the April letter.
About the districtPrince George's County, Maryland. According to the United States Census Bureau, Prince George's County is home to 890,081 residents. Prince George's County Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Maryland, serving 123,833 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
Prince George's County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Prince George's County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Prince George's County was $73,568 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Prince George's County was 8.7 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland
- Prince George's County Public Schools elections (2014)
- Prince George's County Executive, "Sonya Williams Selected as New District 9 Prince George's County Board of Education Member," December 20, 2013
- LinkedIn, "Sonya Williams," accessed April 25, 2014
- Maryland Campaign Reporting Information System, "View Filed Reports," accessed May 22, 2014
- The Washington Post, "For Prince George's school board," June 10, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Pr. George’s schools’ decision on visas leaves Filipino teachers uncertain about their futures," April 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Prince George's County, Maryland," accessed April 24, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 24, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Prince George's County Public Schools Elections|
|Upper Marlboro, Maryland|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 2: • Lupi Grady • Peggy Higgins|
District 9: • Domonique A. Flowers • Johnnie R. Isaac • Denise M. Joseph • Sonya Williams
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|