Miami Gardens Welcomes Newly Appointed Councilmember, David Williams Jr. To Serve in Seat 5

The City of Miami Gardens has a new Council member representing At-Large Seat 5. The Honorable David Williams Jr., was nominated by Mayor Shirley Gibson to fill the unexpired term of former Council member Sharon Pritchett. This nomination was approved and voted on by the City Council at the March 9, 2011 City Council Meeting.

“As a resident of the Miami Gardens area, for the past 25 years, I have seen our community transform in many positive ways,” states Councilman David Williams Jr., “but none more significant and greater than becoming an incorporated municipality eight years ago. As a leader in the City, I plan to work closely with my colleagues on the Council to make Miami Gardens a world class City by making it an ideal place for families to live; bringing more resources to help minimize the tax burden; and reduce the educational gaps and achievements amongst youth and young adults in our community.

Pritchett resigned from the Miami Gardens City Council effective March, 1, 2011. As per the City’s Charter, if more than six months is left on a seat when a vacancy occurs, the Mayor can nominate an individual to serve, with the Council’s approval and ratification, until the next Miami-Dade regularly scheduled Countywide Election. That Election is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Councilman David Williams Jr., will serve on the City Council until, Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at which time the City of Miami Gardens will hold a Special City City- Wide election for the voters to elect someone to finish out this term, which will expire August 28, 2012.

David, a scientist by profession, currently serves as the Director of Community Relations for Informed Families, National Family Partnership, a non-profit prevention organization focusing on educating families and helping kids grow up safe, healthy and drug-free. As a community activist, David, who took an early retirement from the pharmaceutical industry, is committed to improving the lives of children and families by working with various community stakeholders and organization to provide better educational programs, along with social, health and economic resources that will enrich the lives of the people who are most in need. His current activities with the school system include Miami-Dade County Public School Superintendent Family and Community Involvement Advisory Committee and Miami-Dade County Public Schools Wellness Advisory Committee.

In 2008, he became the Gubernatorial Appointee for The Children’s Trust Governing Board of Directors. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Trust, and a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Williams is a board member with The Early Learning Coalition for Dade/Monroe Counties. David serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the North Dade Community Development Federal Credit Union and the Chairman for the Jessie Trice Community Health Center Foundation Board and a member of the Jessie Trice Community Health Center Board.

Anyone interested in contacting Councilman David Williams Jr., can do so by calling his Council Assistant Ms. Hilary Marshall at 305-622-8000 ext. 2793.

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