Harold Williams II tells WWire he'll file paperwork tomorrow to run for the City Council seat being vacated by Commissioner Erik Sten, who is resigning in April.
Williams, 31, and his father — North Portland businessman Harold Williams — have deep roots in the city's African-American community.
Among those already running for the Sten seat are two-time council candidate Nick Fish, a lawyer; and Brendan Finn, who is the chief of staff to city Commissioner Dan Saltzman.
Harold Williams II says he's running to "inject some energy into the game, and to act as a representative to the young people." Until 2005, the younger Williams was working with Multnomah County as a youth case manager, under contract with his father's company.
"Imagine Portland without street signs. Imagine Portland with houses without address numbers. Outside of your neighborhood, you wouldn't know how to get around. That's what I see [as the problem]," says Williams. "Portland has phenomenal services, but people don't know how to access them."
Williams does not intend to seek public financing.