Hainesville resident and Avon Township Trustee Douglas Raul Williams announced today that he will be running for Avon Township Supervisor in 2013 to fill Sam Yingling’s seat. Yingling was recently elected to represent District 62 as an Illinois State Representative.
Running as an independent slate, Williams hopes to bring people together, regardless of affiliation, to work to build a stronger community. His slate includes: Robert Flanary- consultant from Grayslake-Prairie Crossing, Hal Sloan- food salesman from Grayslake, Erica Lopez- bank manager from Round Lake Beach, Stephan Hall- project consultant from Round Lake Beach and James Denomie- marketing consultant from Hainesville.
“There’s so much we can all do by working together,” says Williams. “We need more service-oriented leaders. Our successes all come from sitting down together, defining the issues and setting policy to resolve them.”
Williams wants to find solutions to problems impacting Avon Township by partnering with local municipalities, taxing bodies and non-profits. “State and federal government are not providing us with the help we need,” says Williams, “so local government has to ‘step up’ for its residents.”
An Air Force veteran, business-owner and leader, Doug is active in a growing list of non-profit organizations throughout Lake County including Community Outreach for Family Service “Access to Care” program, Treasurer of the Lake County Latino Coalition, Community Outreach for 4-H through U of I extension in Grayslake, steering committee member for “Leave No Child Inside,” with Friends of Ryerson Woods, Board member of YouthBuild Lake County and member of American Legion Post 1170 in Round Lake Park.
The first Latino ever elected to the Round Lake Area School Board (District 116 from April 2009 to March 2012), Williams helped create and chair the first ever Finance Subcommittee that now helps manage the school’s $78 million budget. He was appointed Avon Township Trustee in March 2012.
Willians, owner of Douglas Raul Williams Insurance Brokers and Consulting, an independent insurance agency, was recognized on October 19th by Round Lake Area School District 116 and the Bilingual Parents Advisory Council for his contributions to the Latino community.
Doug Williams has been actively serving most of his adult life. He believes accomplishment trumps politics, adding, “For me, running for Avon Township Supervisor is just the next opportunity to serve. “
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