PENNSYLVANIA House of Representatives
Claudette Williams is a woman of many firsts. She the first woman of color to be elected President of Council for the borough of Mount Pocono, a position which she currently holds. She is also the chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee and the first African-American to hold the chair of any political party in the County’s history. Finally, Claudette also serves as a police commissioner for the Pocono Regional Police and is the first African-American to hold a seat as a Commissioner. She is also a 30-year U.S. Army Sergeant Major (Retired).
Claudette was born in the island of Jamaica and migrated to Brooklyn, New York at an early age. Later, as a single mother of four, she moved to Mount Pocono, PA in 1998 looking for more opportunity for her family, with the hope that the move would be the “best and last” of her life.
In the wake of 9/11, she was called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a single mother, she had to find ongoing care for her children and sacrifice many of their most important years in order to serve as a soldier. Now as a retired veteran, Claudette believes that her duty as a citizen and leader did not end with her military service‚ and feels the need to serve her community in a larger capacity through local legislature.
Read more about Claudette on her website.
Why this Race is Important
Pennsylvania’s state legislative and congressional districting is a masterclass in partisan gerrymandering. Republicans hold a drastically unfair advantage and are over-represented in the state legislature, so it's critical for Democrats to win seats in 2018 to make blue inroads in this presidential battleground state. We need to win seats back in both chambers of the state legislature to lay the foundation for flipping the state blue.
Sister District Policy Scorecard
This candidate has pledged commitment to the following statements:
- We must protect a woman’s right to choose the health care and reproductive services she wants and needs.
- We need to protect and expand our social safety net, not dismantle it.
- We should pursue common-sense gun safety policies, consistent with the Second Amendment and local community standards and needs, which vary from community to community.
- Climate change is real and we need to protect our environment.