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Crystal Williams, Local Policy and Communications Consultant, Files for Jackson County Legislature, 2nd District At-large

Crystal Williams, Local Policy and Communications Consultant, Files for Jackson County Legislature, 2nd District At-large

Open and accessible county government counts toward
regaining the public's trust

Kansas City, Mo.-Crystal Williams, Kansas City public policy and communications consultant, today filed as a candidate for the Jackson County Legislature, 2nd District At-large. Williams, a long-time activist on the local and state levels, works primarily as a consultant for non-profit organizations. Her nearly 20 years of work focusing on state and local budgets make her uniquely qualified to serve the people of Jackson County. She is the owner of Policy Matters, championing children's issues, from education to foster care issues, and making health care and mental health services accessible for working and low income Jackson County families.

Williams is committed to making Jackson County government more open and accessible, a responsive body interested in communication and collaboration with the people of Jackson County. Budgetary transparency is a high priority for Williams. Proposed and current budgets, including information about appropriate timelines that allow public deliberation and input, should be consistently accessible every year-not just during election years.

"The taxpayers of Jackson County deserve, and have every right to expect, an open budget process that provides the public and stakeholders the opportunity to testify publicly about our communities' priorities," says Williams. "This occurs regularly on the state and other local levels. It should be happening in Jackson County too."

Williams also contends that lack of transparency leads to dubious expenditures from specific funds. "I question the use of county health funds to fund parades or transportation for out-of-county religious organizations," said Williams, "if these are crucial expenditures, they should be funded from other revenue streams. I don't see the family health benefits of some of the expenditures from this fund."

Williams lives in the Hyde Park Neighborhood of Kansas City with her husband Richard Speidel and their son, Will. She is a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce State Affairs Committee, Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus, Jackson County Democrats and the Committee for County Progress.