A challenger for the Missouri Senate District 14 has received another endorsement.
Brian Williams, a former staffer of U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, filed in February to run for the Senate seat with a campaign focused on education, accountability and attracting and retaining local talent to the district.
On Thursday, Williams’ campaign announced he has received the endorsement of the United Auto Workers Union Region 5.
Williams grew up in a union family in North St. Louis County that influenced his daily life, stating it instilled the importance of hard work and investing in the community. He said this spurred his dedication to public service and community leadership and his decision to run for the Senate seat.
“I come from a union family. My grandmother, grandfather, mother and sister, are all proud members of unions across the district, so I personally understand this honor bestowed upon our campaign,” Williams said in a statement. “Know that as your next State Senator, I will always fight to defeat right-to-work initiatives so that Missourians continue to get good union jobs.”
Williams graduated from Hazelwood Central High School, then attained an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, and earned Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Legal Studies.
Through his position as a board director for People’s Health Center, he helped develop a quality healthcare center at a Schnucks location in Ferguson. Williams also oversaw the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace in Missouri as a congressional ACA coordinator.
The Senate District that is being sought stretches from Clayton to the Missouri River, including cities such as Bridgeton, Earth City, Berkeley, and Ferguson.
The district will be heavily contested Democratic primary for Williams with Rep. Joe Adams, D-University City, and former Rep. Sharon Pace of Northwoods also vying for the position. Whoever wins the primary is luckily assumed to win the position with the district being heavily Democratic.