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As the Cook County Commissioner for the 3rd District, I will work to build strong partnerships with other branches of government and community stakeholders to stimulate sustainable growth for the County.
As the 3rd District Cook County Commissioner, I will
As a working parent, as a community conscious leader and independent thinker, I am extremely committed to creating a stronger, safer, more affordable and accessible Cook County.
I am the daughter of a Marine and raised on the southside of Chicago by a single mom. My mother provided for my younger brother and I on her teacher’s salary and even though my brother and I didn’t always get what we wanted, we always had what we needed. I attended a state college and while my classmates were accepting their diplomas, I was not with them as I was giving birth to my son. I too was a single mom, raising my son on the southside of Chicago in the midst of bar b ques, basketball courts and gunshots. But it is because of my son that I never gave up and continued moving forward.
I knew what a lot of single mothers knew, that in spite of my circumstances, I had to try my hardest to set the best of example for my child. So when my son was ten years old, I decided to go back to school and pursue a Master's of Public Policy from the University of Chicago. When I graduated, I had offers to pick up my family and leave my community. But that’s not the example I wanted to set for my son. That’s not who I am. I decided to stay in the place I love and work for the community that I am passionate about.
After graduation, I started volunteering on the Get Covered Illinois Campaign, began coaching the next generation of college graduates through Link Unlimited and Chicago Scholars, and eventually teaching adult financial literacy to families and seniors with Oak Street Health. Today I am helping return money on behalf of the State of Illinois, to people in the communities that need it the most. My entire life has been about making hard choices to benefit the people and communities I love.
I look forward to working with you, learning from you and winning with you!
Thank you for visiting my page and see you at the polls on March 20th, 2018!!
In The News
"Candidates along with our Charise Williams begin filling petitions for 2018 Cook County Primaries"
– NBC Chicago Watch the Clip
"Preckwinkle plans to play hardball with challengers as candidate filing gets underway"
– Chicago Tribune Read More
Cook County Board 3rd District Candidate: Charise Williams
–Chicago Defender Read More
" In the race for an open seat in the Cook County Board's 3rd District, an interesting proxy battle is evolving. Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin, Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) and Ald. Derrick Curtis (18th) are among those backing candidate Charise Williams who is an anti-soda tax candidate."
–Politico Illinois Playbook
"Williams is off to a good start as she makes the rounds with her “community talks,” inviting constituents to come out and discuss the issues that most concern them. She’s young, vibrant and her grind is there. Hopefully, some of the “old heads” won’t discourage her and encourage the next generation of leaders. Yeah…you know who you are."
MISSING ON COOK COUNTY BOARD: WOMEN — Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer says she’s worried that she is one of just two women left on the board of commissioners (not counting the president, Toni Preckwinkle). So Gainer, Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia and state Sen. Toi Hutchinson have endorsed a slate of women they say are qualified to serve on the board: Donna Miller, Angela Sandoval and Charise Williams.
"I'm now one of only two women on the County Board, a lower percentage than City Council, General Assembly and Congress,” Gainer said in a statement. “This matters because so much of what the County Board does -- public health and safety -- disproportionately affects women. Women need to be at the table when these decisions are made and I'm proud to endorse these three strong women and great candidates.”
–Politico Read More
City Clerk Anna Valencia, Cook County Comm. Bridget Gainer (D-10) and state Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) announced Thursday evening they were endorsing a “slate of women for the Cook County Board,” in open races. The slate includes Donna Miller, running for the 6th District seat in the Southland, Angie Sandoval, running for the 7th District on the city’s Southwest Side, and Charise Williams, running for the 3rd District seat on the city’s South Side. “I’m now one of only two women on the County Board, a lower percentage than City Council, General Assembly and Congress,” Gainer said. “This matters because so much of what the County Board does — public health and safety — disproportionately affects women. Women need to be at the table when these decisions are made and I’m proud to endorse these three strong women and great candidates.”
– Daily Line Read More