Freeholder Rebecca Williams was re-elected to her first full three year term as Freeholder in November of 2019. Known for an emphasis on constituent outreach, fiscal issues, and quality of life matters, Rebecca brings a high level of commitment to her service as a Union County Freeholder. As Chair of the Policy & Administrative Code Committee, Freeholder Williams leads the Freeholder Board in reviewing, modifying, and updating ordinances, policies, and codes to be adopted by the full board.
As a member of the Open Space Trust Fund, she has worked with her colleagues to augment the Union County parks system by adding hundreds of acres of land for public recreation and nature conservation. She actively advocates for increased shared county-local services to reduce costs and increase efficiency. Freeholder Williams has also been in the forefront of LGBTQ advocacy, working with the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs on outreach and advocacy events to address housing, senior services, education, health, public safety, community engagement, and other areas of concern. In addition, she continues to advocate for shared services as part of the “Best Practices” continuum to help save tax dollars while maintaining quality services.
In October of 2019, Freeholder Williams led the County of Union in commemorating 400 Years of Institutionalized Slavery in Colonized America by sponsoring a production of George C. Wolfe’s “The Colored Museum” at the Union County Performing Arts Center.
Freeholder Williams prides herself on her openness and accessibility to her constituents across the county. She remains a “grassroots” public servant, following up on constituents’ concerns and reaching out repeatedly to ensure that they are satisfied with the result.
A much sought-after speaker on women’s and LGBTQ+ political empowerment, Freeholder Williams has served on numerous panels for organizations such as The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers’s Eagleton Institute, The National Council of Negro Women, Emerge-NJ, and Garden State Equality.
Prior to her election to the Board, Freeholder Williams served two terms on the Plainfield City Council, taking the lead in successfully securing passage of Plainfield’s Earned Sick Leave ordinance to help protect city workers and the city’s public health. She also served as Chair of the Public Safety Committee, the Recreation Committee, and as liaison to the Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs. During her term as Council President, Rebecca led the city council in support of a progressive agenda and economic development that has contributed to Plainfield’s revitalization.
In addition to her legislative work, Freeholder Williams is a full-time faculty member of the Humanities Division at Essex County College in Newark, where she teaches American Literature, African American Literature, Effective Speech, English Composition, and Women’s Literature. Freeholder Williams currently serves as Eastern Division President of the Community College Humanities Association, a national organization dedicated to preserving and strengthening the humanities in two-year colleges. She also serves as co-faculty advisor to the college’s Gay/Straight Alliance.