Jay Williams for Governor
Well, while names continue to circulate as possible challengers to John Kasich, I’d like to throw one out that hasn’t been mention yet: Jay Williams.
Jay Williams, as I’m sure many people know is the former mayor of Youngstown. He was as far as I’ve heard a very good mayor. He won his seat as mayor by beating five other candidates in a general election having never run for a political office before. Upon his election he became the first African-American mayor of Youngstown. In August 2011 President Obama tapped him to become his executive director for the auto industry recovery. I think it was mentioned once or twice during the 2012 election that the auto industry is very important to Ohio. Jay Williams, present position is deputy director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs for the White House.
Prior to his public service, Jay Williams, appears to have stellar private sector experience. He has a degree from Youngstown State University in finance. He worked for area banks after graduating, which included a stint at the Cleveland Federal Reserve. If, Jay Williams, were to run for governor he should be able to solidly debate the economy and debunk a lot of John Kasich’s “lower taxes to the “job creators” means they can donate more to my campaigns” gibberish.
With all that written I do realize that Jay Williams, may not be interested in running for governor. But what if the only reason he’s not interested is, because no one has really mentioned it to him? As we look to find the best candidate to unseat SB5 John Kasich, shouldn’t his name be at least considered?