Williams, through his experience as a former operations manager at John Deere and active community volunteer, understands the need for collaboration in order to identify problems, determine solutions and reach goals that result in mutual benefit for those involved. The lack of this approach led him to run for office.
“Our state is trending away from the Iowa Values with which I was raised and how we raised our children. Political divisiveness on every level is blocking progress for our state and our future,” says Williams. “I am running for the State House because I am a good listener and problem-solver without an extreme agenda of my own. I have a business background, experience in both K-12 and post secondary education, experience working with energy and environmental issues, and have been a longtime volunteer in education and historic preservation. I understand how to integrate my experiences into leadership for the benefit of the Cedar Valley and House District 60.”
Williams was born and raised in Iowa by parents who owned a small business after his father was forced by disability to leave his skilled-trades job. He began his career as an engineer at John Deere and held a number of managerial positions of increasing responsibility during his 36 years with the company. He was a self-employed executive coach and small business consultant after concluding his Deere career.
During his time at John Deere, Williams led the implementation of new technology and methods to ensure innovative energy and environmental management, quality improvement and operations management within his areas of responsibility. Williams was also an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Iowa’s College of Business Administration.
“I’ve spent my adult life working on problems, developing ideas, finding solutions and implementing strategic plans through teamwork and collaboration. The State Legislature needs more problem-solvers, and that’s what I’m ready to do. I believe in win-win negotiations to make the pie larger for everyone,” said Williams. “Our political discourse has become divisive and petty — and too often politicians put party over people. I’m running to focus on the core issues that unite us, like building a strong economy that provides good jobs with benefits, world-class public schools, quality and affordable healthcare and safe local communities.”
Williams finds enjoyment in volunteering in his community and has served as vice president of the Cedar Falls Board of Education, chair of the Cedar Falls Utilities Board of Trustees, chair of the Cedar Falls Historic Preservation Commission, and was a key leader in the establishment of the Cedar Falls telecommunications utility.
“I made the decision to run for State House because I am certain we can do better. It’s time to get back to the basics and solve problems together as a State Legislature. I am a collaborator, problem-solver, and supporter of the entire Cedar Valley. I look forward to working with and serving all citizens of District 60, the Cedar Valley, and Iowa.”
More information about Williams can be found at www.WilliamsforIowaHouse.com