Wednesday, May 12, 2010
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! CHECK OUT D. CRYSTAL WILLIAMS' COMPLETE STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL FROM THE SECOND DISTRICT AT-LARGE JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATURE RACE!!!
TKC NOTE: Thanks to KICKASS TKC TIPSTERS we can more completely understand an important development in Jackson County politics that has been developing over the past few weeks. The reasons speak to the level of frustration in County politics. Read the statement in its entirety for yourself.
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Here's the text of the cover letter. Check it:
Mary Jo Spino
Clerk of the Jackson County Legislature
Dear Ms. Spino:
The lies and innuendos that have been spewed by Crystal J. Williams do not belong in the political discourse. I entered this race because it was an opportunity to empower the black community by electing an African American woman to the Jackson County Legislature. The Second District At-Large seat has a rich legacy in the black community, having once been occupied by attorneys Lee Vertis Swinton, Carol Coe, and Lisa White Hardwick.
My listing on the ballot and residency are now the subject of litigation and negative media coverage. Crystal J. Williams is suing me because we have similar names. A mere similarity in names should not require me to spend money to defend my right to run. Crystal J. Williams' lawsuit is similar to the Jim Crow practice of denying blacks access to the ballot by a poll tax.
My opponent does not have a monopoly on the name "Crystal Williams." My middle name is Krystal, and I have been called "Crystal" since I was a child. I am known as "Crystal" to many friends and family members. It is my understanding that under the law (State v. Crowe, 382 S.W.2d 38), I am allowed to be listed on the ballot using the name by which I am commonly known and what others call me.
Concerns about our similar names could be resolved during the campaign when we will be distinguished by race and positions. Surely the voters can differentiate between a black woman known as D. Crystal Williams and a white woman known as Crystal J. Williams.
Copies of a Missouri Attorney General memorandum and opinion supporting my right to be listed on the ballot using the name by which I am known are attached.
##### Highland has been my permanent residence for several years. It is my understanding that based on the law [State ex rei. King v. Walsh,484 S.W. 2d 641 (Mo bane. 1971)], I meet the residency requirements. Copies of my voter identification card and my state issued license, which verify my residence address, are attached.
Due to the harassment of my family and the costs of litigation, I am forced to and hereby withdraw from the Second District At-Large County Legislature race.
Crystal J. Williams cannot sue her way to victory because voters, especially African Americans, will remember her racist tactics in August.
D. Crystal Williams