Clyde Williams

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Clyde Williams
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U.S. House, New York, District 13
Clyde Williams was a 2012 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 13th Congressional District of New York.


Williams was a staffer for President Bill Clinton, and political director of the Democratic National Committee. He has also worked at the Center for American Progress.[1] His wife served as deputy chief of staff for President Barack Obama.[2]


Campaign themes


According to his website, Williams' campaign platform includes the following issues:

  • Launching tourism and other job-creation initiatives[3]
  • Expanding Pre-K programs, and supporting merit pay[4]
  • Higher spending on infrastructure[5]



See also: New York's 13th congressional district elections, 2012

Williams ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 13th District. He sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket. He faced incumbent Charles Rangel, Adriano Espaillat, Craig Schley, and Joyce Johnson in the June 26 Democratic primary.[6] Rangel won the primary.[7]

Rangel, who has represented the 13th for the past 42 years, was as vulnerable in the primary. Williams said new leadership was required to address "decades-old problems" in the 13th district.[2]

U.S. House, New York District 13 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles B. Rangel Incumbent 43.9% 16,916
Adriano Espaillat 41.3% 15,884
Clyde Williams 10.3% 3,974
Joyce Johnson 3.1% 1,187
Craig Schley 1.4% 545
Total Votes 38,506

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