Candidate Profile

Thanks to Bill Woodcock for this profile of China Williams posted at

I don’t like the political strategy of leaving any area uncontested or unworked and instead relying upon voter registration numbers or voting patterns to win. One, I’ve found over time that relying upon statistics as the main means of getting your candidate through to be unreliable and winds up producing elected officials who are deeply out of touch with their constituents. Two, this strategy makes it doggone near impossible to change any particular district. Because voters become accustomed to voting one way or the other. It’s the practical alternative to thinking. And third, as Kathleen Matthews said at the Columbia Democratic Club meeting last week, leaving an area unworked and unprotected leads to apathy among the party faithful that remain, to say nothing of the persuadable voters in that district.

The poster child for the above paragraph in Howard County has been the Fifth Council District. In the history of Council election by District, District 5 has never been represented by a Democrat. In contrast, District 2 and District 4 have never been represented by a Republican.

There are already two Republican candidates in the race: Jim Walsh and David Yungmann. I plan to profile these candidates later during the campaign. But for this evening’s post, I’d like to spotlight another member of the “Class of 2018”, people who have been brought into politics by the lessons learned and the experience of the 2016 Presidential campaign. And that candidate is China Williams, Democratic candidate for Council District 5.

Williams has an impressive professional resume as a successful travel writer– not an easy field in which to be successful– and a record of advocacy in the schools and community of her former home in Catonsville. A relatively recent transplant to Howard County, Williams has wandered into a western Howard County environment which, safe to say, is in a bit of flux. A part of the county where civic life has been disrupted in recent years by the growth tiers bill, the mold at Glenwood Middle School, the move to overturn the growth tiers bill, and the recent industrial mulching legislation.

Williams sees the issues confronting the west as quality of life issues and she presents herself as an advocate for maintaining that quality of life. Having two children in the HCPSS, Williams is concerned that with the new HCPSS administration, that eyes will be taken off the ball concerning the HCPSS. She is an advocate of continued vigilance in the schools and sees fully funding the HCPSS as a means to do this. She also believes in maintaining the natural environment of the west and sees the mulching facility as a threat to the water table in the west. And, if the water table in the west becomes unsafe, that of course, means the expansion of public water and sewer service. Which, of course, means more development.

The bottom line is that Williams believes that western Howard County taxpayers ought to realize value for their tax dollars, and she says they’re not getting it. I have to agree. But is the solution better access to better services, or cutting taxes? Wow– does this mean that the race in Council District 5 could be a classic campaign between different political philosophies, free of name-calling and mud-slinging and innuendo and behaviors on the part of adults that would embarrass their children? Dare to dream. But it’s possible!

Join us next time for no lesser topic than….. the Riotous Return of Renee Foose??? Apparently what’s bad for HoCo is good for the state!

Let’s be careful out there.

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