Tyrone Cratic Williams Is Running for the 76th Assembly District
Home Grown Leadership
Tyrone Cratic Williams grew up in, went to school in and has worked
in the 76th Assembly District for most of his life.
“I really got to create relationships that I still utilize today with social services and foster care guardians as well as principals and teachers and other support staff
at the schools here in Madison as well as in Sun Prairie to continue to build the relationship,” Williams said. “I never stopped. The students who were freshmen,
sophomores and juniors in high school then are young adults now. As they continue to grow and continue to build connections and share my resources to assist
them and assist other members of the community.”
Williams’ real passion coming out of Edgewood was to serve the community as a law enforcement officer. He applied to the Madison Police Department, but didn’t
make the cut. After he first started at Common Wealth, Williams did an April-September internship with the department. And in the second time around, Williams
applied and was accepted into the ranks of the Madison Police Department where he continues to serve.
Williams feels right at home in the 76th district for he has spent almost his entire life living in the district, which spreads out from Madison College – Truax on the
northeast, Schenk-Atwood on the south and the Vilas neighborhood, close to Edgewood College to the west. In essence, it encompasses the entire isthmus of
“I love the diversity of this district because I have spent my entire adult life working, living and volunteering and being educated in this area, from the south side
near Edgewood College and living in that area and volunteering there to going to East High School and growing up in the neighborhood centers as well as the
Goodman Center,” Williams said. “I’ve gotten to know this district by growing up in it and continuing to volunteer in it and watching the youth grow. When I was
college age, they were in 5-6th grade. I’ve been growing with them and seeing them come up and flourish as young adults. It’s very important to play a small part in
that process of bringing positive change in people’s lives.”
One of Williams’ greatest concerns is that people have real economic opportunity.
“I’ve seen a need for a continued investment providing economic opportunity especially for our youth, communities of color and women and to continue to create
pathways that are equitable to allow people to have a fair opportunity to grow and to achieve the American Dream just like anyone else,” Williams emphasized.
Since 1980, incomes have become more and more skewed in America with the one percent owning about 40 percent of the country’s wealth while working
families’ income has stagnated and prevent them from affording even some of the basics in life. Williams firmly believes that working people need to be
empowered to get their fair share of the pie and that begins with unionism.
“We need to bring back collective bargaining,” Williams emphasized. “I’m an active, dues-paying member of a union. And I recognize the importance of being able
to advocate for a fair wage, for health benefits and being able to speak up to protect yourself against arbitrary systems that are set up against you. People need to
be able to do that without the fear of retaliation or termination. I think that is something that is important and workers should have that right on all levels to
advocate for themselves. I want to bring back and provide those opportunities for our workers to fight for a better life. I especially believe in it for our educators.
They should be able to fight for better quality and to develop their careers in order to help our students.”
And for those who may not be able to organize a union, Williams feels that there needs to be a new higher for wages.
“Right now, a $15 minimum wage is needed,” Williams said. “It can be done. There are organizations who have pressed businesses like Target to have a $15
minimum wage. It gives people the option to live a quality life. There are people out there who are making the current minimum wage and are working 40-50 hours
per week and having a second job on top of that and still qualify for Medicaid and other benefits because of the amount of money they make compared to the cost of
living, especially in Madison. That is unacceptable. People deserve to live a quality life. If I am elected, I definitely plan on moving legislation to make that happen
and get people the quality life that they deserve.”
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By Jonathan Gramling
Ever since he attended East High School in the mid-2000s, Tyrone Cratic Williams, a
candidate for Wisconsin’s 76th Assembly District, has been devoted to community
service. Tyrone’s volunteerism earned him a Community Scholars scholarship from
Edgewood College in spring 2007 and continued his volunteerism as he entered
Edgewood College that fall.
“I really focused on a continuation of building on the relationships that I built when I
volunteered through the Community Scholars program when I volunteered at the
community centers and at the schools,” Williams said. “I wanted to continue to mentor
and tutor and find resources for middle and high school-aged youth.”
Upon graduating from Edgewood, Williams landed a job at Common Wealth Development
in its youth employment program, helping students find jobs while they were still in high
school for 2-3 years.