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.
place, we need to value human life just a little better in providing those opportunities for people who are especially at risk to be able to vote and have equitable
access to do so.”

While the city of Madison continues to experience an affordable housing shortage, Williams emphasized that affordable housing goes far beyond providing a
physical place to stay. It’s about giving people the opportunity to be participating and contributing citizens.

“There isn’t enough affordable housing in Madison,” Williams said. “Providing people opportunities to have a quality living space and assuring that people who
meet the income requirements have increased access to that is important. We need a long-term plan to maintain the affordable housing that people have and not be
pushed out through gentrification. We want to continue to have a diverse city and not continue to displace people who are in need of services and make sure our
housing sectors and frameworks provide people with resources to assist them in other walks of life to continue to remove barriers. We need to provide availability
for social services and quality internet. These things are important resources that are now becoming more of a necessity as we move into the age of virtual
meetings and virtual education and tele-help. We don’t want to continue to create further disparities for people who may not have access to those resources due to
their web status. It’s important to keep that in mind when we are developing long-term plans for our housing initiatives.”

In the area of education, Williams feels that public schools need culturally-relevant resources beyond the teachers to give students holistic support in the pursuit of
their education.

“I am a firm believer that having social workers, case workers, counselors, multi-service coordinators, people who are invested in providing a network of
resources in coming together to support students and make sure that we are providing a framework so that we can uplift as many students as we can who have
been overlooked or underserved and prevent them from falling through the cracks,” Williams said. “We need to make sure that they are receiving a quality
education and are receiving the resources they need to have a well-rounded life in general. I think having these social workers who have a shared background
with the students that they serve and can relate on a level that a training can’t provide and having social service workers who are of a multi-cultural background,
have the shared living experience, relatability, and speak multiple languages provides that connection to really work with students and their families to provide
resources on a deeper level.”

In addition to Wisconsin accepting the federal Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, Williams feels that COVID-19 has revealed the need to reform
some of our basic institutions.

“I will work to protect the Affordable Care Act and actually work to expand it because pre-existing conditions unfairly target women and minorities,” Williams said.
“And without the other protections of the Affordable Care Act, people with these pre-existing conditions will face an excruciating financial burden for some things
that they may not be able to control. It’s unfair. People should have affordable and accessible health care options as well as reproductive health care and
preventative education including abortion. That should be something that people should have access to. I am a Type 2 diabetic. And I am very fortunate to have
health insurance through my employer. But our system is so dependent on health insurance through the employer. And what we are seeing now with COVID-19 and
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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. Williams’ volunteerism earned him a Community Scholars scholarship from
Edgewood College in spring 2007 and continued into his adult life and professional career
where he is currently an officer with the Madison Police Department.

While Williams felt that there needed to be changes made to Wisconsin’s electoral system,
his feelings were heightened by what he saw with the April primary.

“Our current electoral system is challenging,” Williams said. “There have been some
statutes that have been suppressing the vote, especially amongst communities of color. It
was limiting Milwaukee to a few polling places this past spring as well as the whole
issue of absentee voting and how the process was continuously changed leading up to a
few days before and the day before the election. That just suppresses people. Having
people endanger their lives unnecessarily when there are alternatives that can be put in
mass unemployment, we are seeing the system is broken when it is overburdened and
when there are increasing numbers of people who don’t necessarily have that coverage.
With COVID-19 going on, we’re getting sick and seeing these extraordinary medical bills. In
my job, I have seen firsthand the toll that it takes on people in their financial situations as
well as their mental health on going 18 weeks without medicating or without access to it or
unemployment benefits because of their job loss. Our system in Wisconsin is outdated and
needs reform.”

And Williams’ perspective on institutional change extends to the criminal justice system as
“As a Black male who is currently working within law enforcement and someone who has
also been working to make changes within the system, I do strongly believe that there is a
need for reform within our law enforcement and criminal justice systems,” Williams
emphasized. “From my experiences as well as my understanding of our systems that are
put in place, we need to take a look and really examine the role of law enforcement and
how we can reform it on the legislative level to impact our outcomes, especially when it
comes to our historically marginalized people. We need to look at arrest rates and
disparities being the byproduct of being in the criminal justice system and our probation and
parole system, the bail system, arrests for non-violent crime as well as traffic violations
and license status violations. We need to see how these play out in creating more barriers
for a person economically. And that plays a domino effect into other aspects of their lives in
terms of employment and housing to where law enforcement is playing a strong part in
widening the disparity, especially in Dane County where our arrest rates are among the
highest in the nation among Black males. We have to take a step back and reexamine why
this is in place and what we have to do on a state level to create the framework for our
local departments to make the necessary changes in partnership with the community that is
impacted the most.”