Sonya Williams

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Sonya Williams
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Board member, Prince George's County Board of Education, District 9
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedDecember 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland-College Park
Master'sGeorgetown University
ProfessionLand development manager
Office website
Sonya Williams currently represents District 9 on the Prince George's County Board of Education in Maryland. She was first appointed to the board in December 2013 to replace Donna Hathaway Beck.[1] Williams advanced from a primary election on June 24, 2014 to face challenger Domonique A. Flowers in the general election on November 4, 2014.


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.[1][2]



See also: Prince George's County Public Schools elections (2014)


Sonya Williams ran in the June 24, 2014 primary against Domonique A. Flowers, Johnnie R. Isaac and Denise M. Joseph. Williams and Flowers will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Prince George's County Public Schools, District 9 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSonya Williams Incumbent 42.3% 4,978
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDomonique A. Flowers 35.7% 4,195
     Nonpartisan Denise M. Joseph 14.2% 1,671
     Nonpartisan Johnnie R. Isaac 7.8% 918
Total Votes 11,762
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 has reported $100 in contributions and no expenditures to the Maryland State Board of Elections, leaving her campaign with $100 on hand as of June 6, 2014.[3]


Williams was endorsed by The Washington Post ahead of the primary election.[4]

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.[5]

About the district

See also: Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland
Prince George's County Public Schools is located in Prince George's County, Maryland
Prince George's County Public Schools is based in Upper Marlboro, the county seat of Prince George's County, Maryland. According to the United States Census Bureau, Prince George's County is home to 890,081 residents.[6] Prince George's County Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Maryland, serving 123,833 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Prince George's County (%) Maryland (%)
White 26.5 60.8
Black or African American 65.3 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 0.5
Asian 4.4 6.0
Two or More Races 2.6 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 15.7 8.7

Party registration, 2014[8]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 441,584
Unaffiliated 59,107
Republicans 43,671
Other 16,411
Libertarian 1,061
Green 772
Total 562,655

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.[9]

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