06/24/04 — Williams seeks open council seat

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Williams seeks open council seat

By Matt Shaw
Published in News on June 24, 2004 1:58 PM

Naomi Williams has become the third person to apply for William Goodman's seat on the Goldsboro City Council.

Ms. Williams, who lives on East Chestnut Street and is a school teacher, ran for the District 3 seat last year. She advanced from the three-candidate primary in October but then lost in the general election to Goodman, a 16-year incumbent on the city board.

Goodman resigned from the council earlier this month.

Naomi Williams


The other applicants are D.A. Stuart, also a candidate last year, and Nathaniel Best Jr. The City Council plans to accept applications until July 9 and make an appointment July 19.

Ms. Williams could not be reached for comment today, but she told city officials that she has the "desire and willingness to serve the citizens of Goldsboro by working with the existing councilmen as a team player representing District 3 for the betterment of our community and schools."

She listed her life-long residence in Goldsboro, primarily in District 3, among her qualifications for the appointment. She has given "30-plus years of service as a concerned citizen, representative and mediator for all citizens living in District 3," she said.

Ms. Williams is a 1962 graduate of Dillard High School. She received her nursing certificate from Wayne Community College in 1967. She also holds bachelor's and master's degrees in religion from William Carter Bible College, a bachelor's degree in behavioral science and sociology from Shaw University, a master's degree in religious education from Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in religious education from Friends International Christian University.

She has worked for the Wayne County public schools since 1992, as a teacher assistant at Dillard Middle School and a teacher of exceptional children at Goldsboro Middle School. Prior to that she taught at Wayne Community College.

She has also been a Gospel minister since 1980.

In 2002, the Sons of Goldsboro honored her for outstanding service to senior citizens in Wayne County. Other honors include induction in the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society and the Honor Society of Wayne Carter Bible College.

In 1980, she received recognition from the Raleigh Jaycees for services provided to inmates in Wake County's correctional facilities.