Meet Nantasha Williams: Candidate for New York State Legislature at Only 28-Years-Old

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By Victor Trammell

Black women in America between the ages of 18-44 are a very powerful demographic. In 2016, they are currently dominating the worlds of sports and entertainment. They are also the most formally educated demographic in the nation.

The so-called “black female millennials” of today have been a sizable portion of the electorate that has voted in national elections over the past decade. The core group of this amazing American demographic is around 26 to 36-years-old. Ambitious Black women in this age group are also starting to run for and get elected to hold public offices.

Aja Brown, 34, is the mayor of Compton, California. Marilyn Mosby, 36, is the elected State’s Attorney for Baltimore, Maryland. Though there is still a lot of progress to be made, Black American women in the millennial age group are starting to take their rightful place in the political arena.

The latest trailblazer in the race to fill more elected local, state, and federal offices with younger, more vibrant Black women is named Nantasha Williams (pictured). Williams, 28 (Democrat),  ran for the 33rd Assembly district of the New York State Legislature in a primary that was held Tuesday (September 13th).

Though Williams lost yesterday’s political contest to Clyde Vanel, a New York business attorney, she thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being the youngest person on the campaign trail. Williams has accomplished a great amount of professional experience before the age of 30.

“Williams has already served as the executive director of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus and was honored as one of  ‘Albany’s Rising Stars Top 40 Under 40’ in City and State Magazines,” wrote Christina Coleman, a contributor to Essence Magazine.

“It’s her experience in the community as a Black woman that makes her public advocacy authentic,” Coleman also wrote.

Williams ran for a seat on the New York State Legislature because she wanted to make a difference in her neighborhood of  Cambria Heights, Queens. Her community work as a youth development advocate has given her the opportunity to make some great strides on her mission to positively reshape the education system.

“It’s those people that I want to inspire and empower and hope to get them involved in the process. Black women are the highest voting bloc, but our wants and needs are getting pushed to the back burner,” Williams told Essence Magazine in an exclusive interview.

“Being in this space is so important because I speak for the needs of our demographic,” she continued. More young Black women like Williams are desperately needed in city halls, county commissions, and state capitols all over America.

You can learn more about Williams and her impressive path toward the political arena by clicking here.

Source: http://www.essence.com/2016/09/13/nantasha-williams-ny-state-legislature-elections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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