Williams launches second mayoral campaign
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Friday, November 9, 2018
With months to go before the filing period begins, one candidate is already throwing his hat into the ring for mayor of Rocky Mount.
“I am announcing my candidacy for the office of mayor in the upcoming Rocky Mount municipal election of October 2019,” said Bronson Williams, who also ran for the position in 2015, picking up 35 percent of the vote in his unsuccessful bid against three-term incumbent David Combs.
“This is my second time running for the position; and now more than ever, it is time — time to bring in new blood, new faces, inclusive thinking and most importantly total community-focused action in Rocky Mount,” Williams said. “Over the years, I have increased my knowledge of the difficulties facing city government and its abilities and limitations. We must make opportunities real in Rocky Mount with equity in governance and development.”
The 32-year-old Williams lives in southeast Rocky Mount and works in child care. He has a bachelor's degree in mass communications from East Carolina University and has been involved in two local television stations. He's continued his involvement in the community since the last mayoral election.
“It is evident to me that everyone has a story to tell,” Williams said. “Beneath our individual surface differences, there are common hopes and dreams that bring us closer together than further apart. We must find common ground as Rocky Mount moves toward the new horizon of sustainable growth and exciting change.
“I am and will continue to be committed to bridge-building in our community as we approach that horizon.”
The responsibility of elected officials is varied, Williams said.
“They ensure our safety, promote positive living, learning, recreational, entrepreneurial and work environments,” he said. “We live in an amazing community, full of talented and educated people. Rocky Mount has so much to offer and we all must work to cultivate its raw potential into a prosperous future.”
Williams ran as a Democrat to fill the vacant state House District 23 seat in 2014 and lost to Shelley Willingham. With four candidates in that race, Williams received 13 percent of the vote.
Williams said he knows Rocky Mount has what it takes to become a thriving, economically viable and sustainable environment for families, businesses and visitors.
“Rocky Mount is again a city on the rise and now is the time to make it what we all know it can be,” he said. “Join me in this effort.”