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Meet Glen Williams: House District 93 Candidate

Glen Williams, a husband and father of two children, has spent years making a difference in the community, and now he's hoping to do even more with a bid for a newly drawn district.

Glen Williams, a Snellville resident since 2000, is campaigning to represent the newly formed District 93. This past Friday he received the endorsement of the Gwinnett County Association of Educators.

Williams, 44, is a community leader who is new to politics but "not new to being involved," he said. A Snellville resident for 12 years, he is an information technology consultant by trade, but volunteers for a host of other activities.

He is the former co-executive director of the South Gwinnett Cluster Foundation, has served on the school counsel for Rosebud and Elementary schools and also served as community liaison for zoning issues the Centerville area faced over the past few years.

He is also a 2011 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and a 2009 graduate of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute.

Nicole Love, associate director of the Gwinnett Coalition, met Williams while he was going through the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute program. According to Love, Williams had a strong desire to get involved in the community and learn more about organizing communities for change.

Love, recognizing his leadership ability, appointed Williams Alumni Association President.

“He has been extremely invested in the community,” she added. “He really cares and is passionate about his local community and Gwinnett County.

“I'm 100 percent in support of Glen and am excited that, of anyone who would run in that district, it's him, because of his passion, involvement and rapport with citizens.”

Centered on Centerville

Williams got involved in the community when he and his family to Snellville in 2000. Originally from Indiana, he graduated from Indiana University and moved to Norcross in 1992. In 1995, he relocated to Stone Mountain, then settled on the Centerville side of town.

As home values began to drop in the area, so did the perception of the quality of the surrounding schools. Instead of moving away, however, he decided to get involved and take a stand.

For example, he is founding member of the Centerville Business Association and formed a collaboration of homeowners and subdivisions to give a voice to homeowners in the neighborhood, which is located in unincorporated Snellville.

The day the new district lines were drawn, he decided to get involved on a higher level. To Williams, a Democrat, the most important issues facing the community is economic development and education – particularly, post-high school education.

“This was the right race, and the right reason at the right time,” he said. “I've been involved in politics, but not as a politician. I've been doing it because I wanted to make a difference.”

Through a grassroots campaign, he has gone door-to-door and met more than a thousand people. On average, he spends 25-30 hours a week campaigning.

'Credible, Honest Person'

Ron Weber, owner of , met Glen around seven years ago through the Centerville Business Association.

“We were just civic minded individuals who wanted to band together to help Centerville,” Weber said.

According to Weber, Williams had no political aspirations at the time. Together, they took on projects and tried to clean up the Centerville side of town, including improving the appearance of empty lots and abandoned shopping centers. They also helped handle zoning issues as they came up.

One initiative that was important to the both of them was providing a stronger police presence at a time when gangs were more apparent in the area.

Williams also led the way in organizing homeowners associations to band together and improve their community, and he served on several school counsels – though his children, 15 and 12, did not attend those schools, according to Weber.

“Glen is a credible, honest person, who has already proven himself to the community,” Weber added. “I've always told people the best indicator of the future is the past.

"When it comes down to Glen, why vote for him? Because he's already proven himself. He's not making worthless promises.”    

For more information on Glen Williams, visit his website or Facebook page.  

Be sure to check out Snellville Patch's election guide, as well. We are planning to do stories on the other three Snellville candidates for House District 93, as well.

EduKtr July 03, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Well, the parent group of Gwinnett County Association of Educators, the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE), has endorsed ONLY Democrats for Governor throughout its history. So no surprise there. Both groups are affiliated with the National Education Association, a union almost exclusively linked to the Democrat Party and liberal-left causes. Do a Google search on "NEA" and "donations" to learn more. Also rent the excellent film "Waiting for Superman." All Gwinnett County Association of Educators members pay an extra yearly $168 to belong to and fund the NEA and its politics.
Crystal Huskey July 03, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Williams is one of three Democrats campaigning for this position. We will feature the others, along with the one Republican candidate, over the course of the week.
jenny brown July 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM
is this a joke or what ,I know as blacks we dont come out for local elections enough ,but this is insulting..What are you running on ? no issues !!! on anything i guess we suppose to vote based on some signs and slogans..been there done that 2008 i am awake now !!! and yes i a dem
james bailey July 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM
i agree EduKtr with your comment ,Glen financial statement shows they gave him money ..so he is paid and bought for already..he is running on nothing ...all i see is ask glen signs .Ask what .If we have ask you do something then you must dont know i agree with jenny is this a joke ..i own moving company if ..somebody stupid enough to vote for this guy ..they need be moved out the community..i do it for free ..
Crystal Huskey July 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Make sure to stick by Patch's comment guidelines. If there is name-calling or personal attacks, the comment will be deleted. We respect everyone's opinion... just keep it civil :)
David Brown July 12, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Crystal, by my standards, the bulk of the comments on Patch contain ad hominem attacks. It seems that folks are incapable of giving their opinion without resorting to name-calling or personal attacks.
George Wilson July 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
The teachers need an organization like the NEA to stand up for them.A search of the record shows many Republicans also endorsed by the NEA.I also believe that the right wingers also have the NRA ,The US Chamber of Commerce and many corporations(thanks to the poor SupremeCourt decision ..Citizens United) to look after them.
George Wilson July 17, 2012 at 07:28 PM
@James Bailey if you want to see who is bought and paid for look at the Republican Senator from your area Bob Balfour's financial disclosure.

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