Many thanks to all who voted on November 5th!
I appreciate all the support and hard work that many performed on behalf of
my re-election campaign. — Rick Williams
"Although Luzerne County's home rule government has been in place less
than two years, I believe we’ve made real progress in changing the way we govern ourselves.
Our work is not simple, nor can it be accomplished quickly. As an architect,
I think of my role on Luzerne County Council as rebuilding a new, stronger foundation for a thriving Luzerne County of the future.
I will be grateful for the opportunity to serve four more years."
During his first term, Rick
• Demonstrated an independent, positive voice in County Council deliberations. Rick is beholden to no political party. His votes are sometimes part of a majority, and sometimes in the minority.
• Promoted sound fiscal and budget practices that put us on path to pay down our debt and obtain a favorable bond rating that will reduce long-term interest costs. He voted against a 2012 budget that relied on bond money for operating expenses. He voted for the 2013 balanced budget that did not raise taxes.
• Voted to modernize, improve efficiencies and increase transparency in county government. Rick supported installing a new financial accounting system for better monitoring and reporting of county finances and upgrading computer systems to use virtual servers. He supports transparency in government, including posting on the county website the emails council members send to one another.
• Supported measures to treat county employees fairly, while raising expectations of effective performance.
Rick has advocated for simple, uniform and equitable benefits and work standards for county employees, while pushing for adoption of best practices to improve outcomes in all county operations and services.
• Pushed to reverse decades of cronyism by insisting on merit selection for hiring and promoting employees, and encouraging capable but previously "unconnected" citizens to serve on boards, authorities and commissions.
• Promoted regionalism and represented Luzerne County on regional bodies. Rick serves on the Bi-County Board of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.
During a second term, Rick's decisions will be based on his vision of a thriving Luzerne County of the future:
• An ethical and fiscally responsible county government that pays down our debt, balances our annual budget,
and improves performance without raising taxes.
• A county workforce that has the tools, training opportunities, and accountability to succeed in the 21st century.
• New economic development opportunities and improved quality of life issues tied to our physical environment, including cleaner waterways, passenger rail service, county parks, open space, bike paths and sidewalks.
• Increasing municipal and regional collaboration while preserving what is wonderful about our county.
Please vote on November 5.
Rick Williams was elected to a two-year term on the Council in the November 8, 2011 election, the first Independent to be
elected to a Luzerne County position. Rick Williams encourages all citizens to vote on November 5th.
He encourages others to consider offering to run for public office and encourages everyone to register to vote and to do it.
Our future depends on it.
Party for Rick's Supporters and Campaign Volunteers.
Citizens for Rick Williams will be hosting a campaign party at the River Street Jazz Café in Wilkes-Barre from 5 PM to 7 PM on Thursday, September 26, 2013. All are welcome. No charge. It should be a lot of fun. Meet Rick. Get yard signs, stickers and buttons.