Candidate Spotlight:

Lindsey Williams

State Senate


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Lindsey Williams doesn’t back down.

Of course, you’d expect that from someone who comes from a line of Pittsburgh-area union workers. Both of her grandfathers were members, one a bus driver and the other a machinist, and as a child, Lindsey would witness her father wake up at 4:00 am to go to work as an Operating Engineer before heading off to the union meeting.

Passionate about workers’ rights, Lindsey joined the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) in DC after graduating from Duquesne School of Law. She loved her work, taking on large corporations to ensure that workers are treated fairly and could withstand powerful entities that could easily exploit them. While attempting to unionize the NWC’s workforce, she helped the organization win a $104 million award in whistleblowing – the largest in the world. Instead of fairly distributing the award, the NWC fired Lindsey and four of her coworkers.

The irony wasn’t lost on her either.

Rather than accepting a severance package and signing a non-disclosure agreement, Lindsey and her colleague Richard Renner fought back. After a two-year legal battle, she and Mr. Renner triumphed over the NWC and were highlighted in the The New York Times as “whistleblowers on their own boss.”

That victory has only motivated Lindsey to keep advocating for workers’ rights. She joined forces with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to fight for fair pay and working conditions, and, in 2014, returned to Western PA to lend her energy to the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.

Lindsey cites the protection of the working class as her reason for running for state senate, where she hopes to implement empowering labor laws as well as adequate funding for public education at all levels, from pre-k to post-secondary and career & technical education. A rising star, she was selected Allegheny County’s 2016 Young Democrat of the Year, plus named to Incline’s 2017 Who’s Next: Politics class.

Lindsey Williams possesses the persistence, integrity, and compassion that we need in Harrisburg. Her working class values are just those that will move Pennsylvania forward.

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