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Anthony A. Williams

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In the Candidate's Words | Campaign Funding


Anthony Tony Williams
Age: 47
Residence: Washington.
Married: Yes.
Children: One.
Education: BA, Yale; MA, Kennedy School of Government; JD, Harvard Law School.
Occupation/Employer: Former chief financial officer of the District of Columbia.
Elected Offices: New Haven, Conn., Board of Alderman and Community Development Committee; Sierra Club; Audubon Society; Government Finance Officers Association; Association of Government Accountants; Boston Redevelopment Authority; Community Development Agency in St. Louis, Mo.; first chief financial officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Air Force.

Why should voters elect you?
"The District needs good government that protects our citizens, educates our children and makes our neighborhoods places where families flourish. We need a Mayor with vision, a record of effective management and the ability to fix a broken bureaucracy. I have a proven track record and the ability to deliver the services citizens deserve. As the city's Chief Financial Officer, I restored financial stability to the city. I stand ready to commit to make the government work for everyone-especially our young people who need quality education that will prepare them for the world of work."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I will work with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to command the respect we need to claim what is rightfully ours-self-government for the District."

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The Candidate's Record
In February, 1997, an audit showed the city's finances were a mess. As the District's chief financial officer, Williams gave himself precisely a year to
straighten out the financial system and produce an unqualified opinion from the auditors, or he would resign his $115,000-a-year post.

Williams Raises $1 Million   –   Oct. 14, 1998
Williams: No Mass Firings   –   Oct. 13, 1998
Democrats on Williams's To-Woo List   –   Sept. 17, 1998
Williams Leads Rivals in Fund-Raising   –   Aug. 11, 1998
'Mr. Bow Tie' Becomes the Bull's-Eye   –   Aug. 7, 1998


Part of an online-only series chronicling a day with each major candidate for D.C. mayor.

  Photos from a day on the trail with Williams.


Where They Stand
Williams shared in writing his opinions on
city government, schools, public safety, job market, the future of the city.

Coverage of Candidate Forums
Candidates Debate City's Fiscal RecoveryJuly 15, 1998.
Election Forum Focuses On PoorJuly 1, 1998.
Mayoral Forum a Yelling MatchJune 25, 1998.
Candidates Clash Over Fiscal ReboundJune 19, 1998.
Tough Rhetoric Marks Mayoral DebateJune 10, 1998.

Transcripts of Candidate Forums
Mayoral Debate: On Gambling and RaceJuly 30, 1998.
Mayoral Debate: How to Keep City's JobsJuly 23, 1998.
Views on Spending, Parking July 2, 1998.
Election '98: The Mayoral DebateJune 25, 1998.


Williams outpaced his three top rivals by raising nearly $400,000 in eight weeks, primarily through hundreds of small donations from District residents, according to an August campaign finance report.

Our campaign finance database shows who has contributed how much to the major candidates.

The Voters' Guide was compiled from staff reporting and information provided by the candidates in response to questionnaires from The Washington Post. Each candidate was asked to provide biographical information, a photograph and a brief statement about why the voters should elect him or her. Candidates' responses were edited for length and style.

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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