On December 5, 2012, Michael Williams (D) formally announced his candidacy for
Philadelphia City Controller. Supporters of Williams and member of the press joined him at
Philadelphia’s historic Reading Terminal Market to hear Williams’ official announcement entering the City Controller’s race.  The Democratic nomination for the city’s top financial post is May 2.

Mitchell Swann and Michael Williams
Williams said, “I know hard times. In hard times growing up, we could not be
wasteful with our limited resources. In hard times when I was homeless, I knew that
I could not waste a single penny if I were to survive another day. I have the clear
priorities, the work ethic, the work record and the personal experience to assure
that government resources will be used to benefit, and not burden, Philadelphia’s
workers, businesses, students, and everyone else living, working, employing,
studying and visiting this great City.”

  Sean Stevens, Donna Bullock, and Otis Bullock
Williams spoke of his difficult upbringing and of being homeless in Philadelphia in
1978, living in the tunnels under Suburban Station and Market East, yet persevering
to earn his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his law degree from
the University of Pennsylvania.
 Stormy Lundy,  Independent Events Services Professional for the Reading Terminal Market and Peter Wechsler, President at Franklin Retirement Solutions
Williams, who led the Philadelphia NAACP’s Voter Registration and Voter
Empowerment operations for the 2012 Elections, said that his dynamic, community-
drive campaign will be focus on making Philadelphia the home of transparent,
responsive, and accountable government, while engagement new voters in local
 Huie Douglas, Principal at School District of Philadelphia and John Jordan of the non-partisan
Williams is the Chair of the Forensic Auditing group at Picciotti & Schoenberg
in Philadelphia. Previously, Williams was a Senior Attorney at the City of
Philadelphia’s Law Department.
 Alison Young, Vice President, External Affairs at National Constitution Center, David Maser, Of Counsel at Chimicles & Tikellis Nicole Lynch, and Eric
CEO at Entertainment and Arts Ministry Group
Williams lives in Center City and is a Board Member of the Washington Square West
Civic Association, Mission Kids, and Temple Ambler. In addition, he serves on the
Board of Advisors of the Student Leadership Project’s and was a Member of the
Board of Trustees of Temple University.

  Tony Rodriguez and Michael Williams

Michael’s partner of 28 years, Anthony (“Tony”) Rodriquez, M.D., is the Associate
Dean for Student Affairs at Drexel Medical School and a partner in a private Family
Medicine practice in Willow Grove, PA, (North Willow Grove Family Medicine).
Their adopted son, Kristopher, is a senior at Temple University.
 Ben Schindler,  Michael
Cassandra Georges, Principal at Above & Beyond Dispute Resolution, LLC and David Maser
 Rob Axelrod, Doug Simon, Jessica Simon, and Michael
Michael Williams, Ron Blum, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Preferred and Steve Rosen, PR President at The Star Group

For more information check out Friends for Michael Williams here.

(Photos were purchased by the Friends of Michael Williams, and some of the information provided by the organization.)