Kasha G. Williams has already spent a long time serving the people of Gregg County. As a sixth-generation member of St. Mark Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, she knows to follow the Holy Spirit when making the decisions that guide her to success in her career. Parents Cedric and Kathy Williams sent her to excellent instruction at Hudson PEP, Foster Middle School and Longview High School. It was a great start for her upper education at Prairie View A&M University, where she pulled down a Bachelor of Science degree in biology/chemistry. It paved her way into the corporate world as she went to work marketing pharmaceuticals and medical devices, but she felt the calling of serving others. Despite making time for her cherished hobbies of reading, cooking and watching football, she moved on to positions and organizations dedicated to the well-being of others. The list seems endless.
Currently Kasha has come to the end of her tenure as councilwoman for local District 3. She vacated upon her impending race for Gregg County Commissioner for District 4. Her prior volunteer service positions include”: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Democratic Women of East Texas, president of Greater Longview Pan-Hellenic Council, Gregg County Democratic Party, Gregg County Adult Protective Services Board, board member of the Hospice of East Texas, Rotary Club of Longview, Longview Museum of Fine Arts board treasurer, Keep Longview Beautiful board of directors, LeTourneau University President’s Advisory Council, Longview ISD Foundation board member, Longview Community Ministries, Bancorp South Advisory Board, Life member of NAACP, Texas Eastman Community Advisory Board, Texas Association of Black City Councilmembers and Mayors, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Top Teens of America as president and top teen advisor.
It has been impossible to overlook Kasha when it comes out to doling out recognition for her selfless, significant accomplishments.
In 2009, she was voted a Star Over Longview, Keep Longview Beautiful Linda Pursley Award for 2010, Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year for 2011, Leadership Longview alumnus, and Rotary Club of Longview Paul Harris Fellow for 2014. There are additional recognitions and awards for community and civic service.
Kasha was originally voted to the Longview City Council in 2011 and served as mayor pro tem 2012-2013. Her responsibilities as city council liaison included street upkeep, housing and community development, cultural arts, public transportation, Mayor’s Taskforce Workforce Readiness, Beautification, working with the East Texas Council of Governments, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, Unity & Diversity Committee, the MLK Planning Committee, the Vision 2015 Commission, Streets Task Force, the Texas Municipal League, where she served as first vice-president for Region 15, on the resolutions committee, and on the Legislative Policy Committee on Annexation and Regulation of Development Committee and General Government Committee, on the Interstate 20 Corridor Council, Ark-La-Tex Connects, and the Texas Eagle Marketing & Performance Organization.
Her accomplishments on the city council are as endless and significant as the number of her positions. She has served on the Streets Task Force, oversaw a $52.5 million streets bond passed in 2011, and a $32 million grant for improvements in south Longview. Maintaining a firm grasp of street evaluation processes procedures and surface types, she is equally knowledgeable on all aspects of public transportation, oversaw the total renovation of District 3’s historic Amtrak Station, and the multi-model facility in District 3, worked with Amtrak as a driver at local, state and national levels, secured national Amtrak Anniversary Train, arranged $300,000 annual contribution from LEDCO for Longview Transit, District 3, worked with Housing and Community Development. In 2013, she established the first Housing Commission, worked with Pinnacle Group, local, county and state officials to arrange for new, affordable housing development to revitalize downtown Petroleum Building, and ongoing work with staff to expand Housing Choice Voucher program and provide additional training for landlords.
Transportation is one of her interests. She serves as an I-20 Task Force liaison assisting with the plan adopted and integrated into the overall comprehensive design, and she collaborated with LEDCO in the demolition of the old Holiday Inn. She serves as a Comprehensive Plan Commission co-chair for public and committee meetings for each segment of the plan, which recently adopted small area plans for I-20 and downtown. She has cooperated tirelessly with regional judges, the East Texas Council of Governments and state rep to prevent the relocation of the Texas Workforce Center from South High Street to Triple Creek Plaza.
Moreover, Kasha has worked with the Texas Municipal League as first vice-president for Region 15, hosted two TRL region meetings in 2012 and 2016 with members and state legislators. She has worked with the TML Resolutions Committee to craft and adopt positions and policies as they are brought before the body and annual meeting. She also serves on the TSL Legislative Policy Committee on Annexation and Development Committee & Central Government.
Williams believes that cleanliness is next to Godliness. Hence, through Keep Longview Beautiful, she has overseen several neighborhoods sweeps to identify and service problem areas. This includes her arranging for an increase in demolition funding. But
that is not all. Kasha serves on the Unity and Diversity
Task Force as an advocate
for diversity in hiring practices. She works with Partners in Prevention, Mentoring, Bridges Out of Poverty, and Hope for
Youth Programs.
Her commitment to the Democratic Party is intense and evident. She has long been an active member of the Democratic Party of Gregg County, is an inaugural member of the Democratic Women of East Texas and has campaigned for several candidates. Kasha’s desire to help others, her overall ability and talent for accomplishing her goals are untouched. Her future and the futures of those she serves look bright.