Jumaane Williams

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger


Jumaane Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in urban science from Brooklyn College. He is a first-generation New Yorker of Jamaican descent raised in Brooklyn. As a teenager, he was diagnosed with ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome.

In 2009, Williams was elected to New York City Council, where he sponsored the Community Safety Act and created the NYPD’s Office of Inspector General. In his time in office, he served as the Co-Chair of the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, and the Chairman of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee. In 2019, Williams was elected to the Office of New York City’s Public Advocate.

Key Issues


Williams wants to make housing accessible for all New Yorkers by constructing new affordable housing units and passing ‘Good Cause Eviction’ legislation. He also advocates for creating a first-time homeowner loans fund that has low-costs.

Violence and Crime

Williams believes in reforming community safety through investing billions in violence prevention and victims’ services programs. He also supports ending the War on Drugs and reducing incarceration rates through sentencing and parole reforms.


Williams supports making healthcare a universal right with mental health infrastructure and school services, as well as passing Coverage4All to support immigrant families. He also aims to build new hospitals and elder care services and commit to women’s right to choose.



Williams aims to create a universal childcare system. He wishes to subsidize making fresh and healthy food accessible to everyone facing food insecurity. 


Williams believes education is critical to New York, and aims to make public education and college free for New Yorkers. He aims to expand summer youth jobs and invest in counseling, as well as increasing funding for public schools including community schools.


Williams supports implementing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. He aims to strengthen public transit infrastructure including bus services and subways. He also supports cryptocurrency regulation barring proof-of-work mining and further studies of cryptocurrency mining. 


Williams believes in ending tax breaks and reforming the tax code to address income inequality. He also advocates for supporting worker’s rights to organize, raising the minimum wage, and creating a public banking system for New York.


Williams supports providing deportation relief to parents of citizens, and funding legal services for undocumented immigrants. He supports the passages of #Coverage4All and Dignity Not Detention Act as well as funding the Excluded Workers Fund.


Williams believes in protecting voting rights, ending lobbying, and more accountability. He aims to expand absentee voting and same day registration, fund and implement public financing of elections, and make appointments free of conflicts of interest.



504 Democratic Club, Brooklyn Progressive Alliance, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID), Coalition for a District Alternative (CODA), CUFFH Action, Citizen Action New York, Downtown Independent Democrats, Grand Street Democrats, Indivisible Nation BK, Long Island Activists, Long Island Progressive Coalition, Make the Road Action, New York Communities for Change, New York Progressive Action Network, Our Revolution, Suffolk Progressives, Tenants PAC, Union of Arab Women, Working Families Party


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