UNION COUNTY, NJ---Rebecca Williams, a former Plainfield Councilwoman, has been appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Freeholder Williams, who will be ceremonially sworn in at the upcoming Freeholder meeting on June 7, was chosen by the Union County Democratic Committee to complete the term left vacant by former Freeholder Linda Carter, who recently resigned to become the State Assemblywoman for the 22nd District.
“We congratulate Freeholder Williams on her appointment and we look forward to working with her in moving Union County forward,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “On behalf of the Freeholder Board, Directors, and our employees, I welcome her to County government. Her experience as a councilwoman and community roots has helped to prepare her for this new chapter in her life of serving our over 500,000 Union County residents.”
Freeholder Williams said: “It is an honor to represent the people of Union County on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. I look forward to working with all the members of the Board in serving the residents of this great county. I have served as an ethical, dependable, and dedicated public servant at the municipal level, and as an effective advocate on various issues. I am ready to serve. ”
Known for an emphasis on constituent outreach, fiscal issues and quality of life matters, Freeholder Williams served two terms on the Plainfield City Council.
She served last year as Council President, leading the city council in support of a progressive agenda and economic development that has contributed to Plainfield's revitalization. Prior to her appointment to the Freeholder Board, she was serving for the third straight year as the Chair of the Council's Administration and Finance Committee, leading the council to the earliest-ever budget passage multiple years in a row.
She was also the current Chair of the Public Safety Committee (having served in that role previously for some years), and the liaison to the Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs.
As Council President, she budgeted (through the council budget) for bilingual translation devices (and a translator). She also worked to ensure that the City agendas were translated into Spanish. Freeholder Williams also took the lead in successfully securing passage of the Earned Sick Leave ordinance for the City of Plainfield to help protect city workers and the city’s public health. Plainfield became only the 12th municipality to pass such a law in New Jersey.
Freeholder Williams has also been in the forefront of LGBTQ advocacy, and last year, hosted a special LGBTQ Pride Month event—a staged play-reading, and Plainfield’s first-ever Pride flag raising event. In addition, she served in the past on the Plainfield Pride Film Festival Committee, and was recently honored for her activism with a resolution by Union County for Lesbian Visibility Day.