You can hear it in Rich Williams’ voice the minute he speaks, as he is striking in his will and determination to succeed not just for himself but more importantly for the people of St. Lucie County where he was born and raised with an inner desire to overcome all obstacles and impediments that would hinder him from the call to help and serve others and in doing so, helps himself to accomplishing personal goals and ambitions that have been prevalent since a youth volunteering with the Explorers, a service group of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office (Click here for information about the current Explorer program). Genuine is an adjective to effectively describe Williams and his energetic activity in his current campaign for St. Lucie County sheriff reflecting “a man of action”—–a genuine man of action that can make a difference with a “New face, New pace” as St. Lucie County’s top law enforcer in 2016.
Rich Williams is not naïve to crime, misfortune and hard times being brought up in a single parent home by a hard working mother — he always “had” as well as “didn’t have” in his day to day living while growing up in the Fort Pierce area surrounded by a mixture of family members which included the strong and faithful as well as the weak and vulnerable that were prey for drug addictions and involvement on the crime scene, all of which Rich Williams shunned and became more determined to seek and do the ‘ethical and moral right things’ in life for his involvement to enhance his future.
In an up close and personal interview with Mr. Williams recently, it became apparent that the journey of this man has been constantly drawing him into law enforcement all of his life. Rich had the misfortune of his uncle being shot down in the street while he and his uncle were walking and talking unaware of the imminent danger that surrounded them; Rich watch his uncle die right before his eyes as he succumbed to the fatal gunshot. Rich knew he had to do something to first, find direction for his life and second, to strengthen and cushion himself against falling into a stereotype of an angry crime driven and provoked young black man.
Williams decided to join the U.S. Military where he found what he was looking for and needed—leadership, focus and direction. Coupled with his Christian faith, Rich Williams’ military experience provided the tools necessary to put him on a path that enabled him to plan his future and engage in those things that would ensure security and prosperity with love for his family and compassion for those things which are meaningful and have purpose.
Being a life-long resident of St. Lucie County, Rich Williams is in tune and in step with the people throughout the county and feels and has insight on the pulse, heart-beat of the communities and their diversities yielding various needs, concerns and optimism or lack thereof. Without a doubt, law enforcement is in the veins of Williams— from his early Sheriff Explorer days, to his 20 year Military Service, Reserve Military status (got permission from Individual Ready Reserve-IRR to be inactive until completed with election campaign), Florida State Trooper career (currently Williams provide tech support for a company in Indian River County) and volunteer as Aviation Technical Co-pilot with the St. Lucie County Sheriff Office. He has the law enforcement experience, exposure and the educational expertise in IT (Informational Technology) having earned an Associate of Science Degree in IT from Keiser University and Certification by Comptia for IT Project Managers. Rich Williams is ready, well equipped and willing to take the reins of the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office and lead in the manner and style that is mandatory in this 21st Century with interest and respect for all.
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Candidate Williams and his “ALL-IN” campaign team!
Rich Williams and his “ALL-IN” campaign team are tough, willing and well able to tackle and succeed in the challenges they face as the 2016 election cycle begins to unfold leading into the crazy, hazy (even sometimes lazy) days of summer where the unexpected usually serves as host, bringing in all of its uninvited, unwelcomed guest! For the “ALL-IN” campaign volunteers of Rich Williams—-the focus is to present candidate Rich Williams before the people of St. Lucie County up close and personal by reaching out to the citizens one on one, door to door, at gatherings and rallies—-voters and non-voters all depend on the Sheriff and the men and women under him for a safe and secure environment, that’s why the “ALL-IN” works hard to make Rich Williams available to all citizens enabling them to hear and witness what he has to present in moving law enforcement forward— “being tough on crime, but compassionate in using common sense,” according to Mr. Williams.
Republicans and Democrats may be headed in opposite directions on various issues that affect our federal, state and local issues, but since Rich Williams’ official filing with the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections to run for county sheriff and then meeting the eligibility requirements to appear on the August 30, 2016 ballot in the Florida Primary, more and more Democrats and Republicans are rallying together in support of Rich Williams. Jordan Khale, Republican, is a former Navy Nuclear Submarine Supervisor, resident of St. Lucie County and social media person for the “ALL-IN” Campaign Team. Team members (all volunteers, no salaries or other compensations) come from backgrounds of ex-law enforcement detectives, prior St. Lucie County Sheriff Office employees, military, security and those involved with juveniles. The “ALL-IN” Team is dedicated and committed to the voters of St. Lucie County ensuring they have the best choice for sheriff with the election of Rich Williams in 2016.
Rich Williams: Over 24 years of volunteer service to Sheriff’s Office in St. Lucie County
Thanks to a mentor, Wade Hatcher, who Rich met through his 5th grade teacher in elementary school, Rich was exposed to a number of activities that spawned his love and desire to be involved in law enforcement, particularly in St. Lucie County where he was born, raised, educated and lives. Mr. Hatcher introduced Rich to many volunteer service groups, one being Civil Air Patrol and another the Sheriff’s Explorers of which he received awards and recognition.
As an adult, Rich Williams volunteer involvement with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has primarily been with Aviation, not as helicopter pilot (although taught to fly at early age) but as a technical co-pilot operating the Flir unit (camera) used to spot suspects or victims in day or night scenarios. According to Williams, this group is involved in activities of search and rescue, assisting other counties, etc.
The current sheriff, Ken Mascara, presented Rich Williams with a life-saving award in 2009 for his involvement in rescuing a woman that had become distraught and missing after being sighted on a bridge in alligator infested waters; as reported by Williams, the pilot indicated that the helicopter was low on fuel but the decision was made to make one more round noting that in the dark (around 2 a.m.) of night visibility can be hindered. Making one more round paid off as Rich was able to position the Flir unit (camera) to spot the woman on a log under a tree and ALIVE! The rescue was then continued by Boat Rescue.
Rich Williams: Doer that cares about people, loves his family—believes in God, and himself
To sum up the man Rich Williams (after interview of almost three hours), like all that seek positions of authority or even those that seek to maintain their job or even marriage—obstacles, hindrances, obstructions, anything that could or does confront an individual in the long term scheme of things are really tests of character which can bring forth a person’s inner strengths of integrity, courage, obedience and trust— or from a negative, expose that person’s worst including greed, lying, deception, mischief and mayhem.
While we all start out on ventures, personal and otherwise, “We all sometimes fall short—but the remedy is in never giving up and keeping the faith” expressed Williams; he further stated that even though he does not believe in giving up, he has had some regrets in his life, one being (on a personal note), he has been married three times; the three marriages produced four beautiful children with different moms — yet he is active in all of their lives (with their moms) and he believes that this is because his spiritual side to his life keeps him grounded by faith enabling him to do all things including overcoming adversaries spiritually, physically and emotionally. Like all loving parents, he always strives to do what is best for the children through nurturing, protection and unconditional love.
Rich Williams prize himself as a candidate for sheriff of St. Lucie County that believes in educating the public about issues that concern everyone in the community so that quality decisions can be made regarding law enforcement in the county. Williams makes it clear in his presentations that he is not a politician, but someone that loves, appreciate and has concern for all people, having a conscience that always compels him to do the right thing.
For those wanting to know more about Rich Williams, the man and his candidacy, email him firstname.lastname@example.org call him at (772) 203-5762 or invite him to meet with you and fellow citizens of St. Lucie County.