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William Wagstaff, running for Westchester District Attorney, first to release campaign video highlighting ‘Fresh Perspective’

Dec 13, 2023

'Fresh Perspective' Campaign Ad Doubles Down on Respected Attorney’s Platform to Make Westchester Safer, Stronger, and Fairer


December 13, 2023                                                                                          


White Plains, N.Y. - William O. Wagstaff III, who is running for Westchester County District Attorney, today released the first video ad of the nascent 2024 race. 

The two-and-a-half minute ‘Fresh Perspective’ video ad, being widely advertised on digital platforms, highlights William’s unique ability to make change and intention to use data to make Westchester safer, stronger, and fairer, and why his success would be historic, making him Westchester’s first black District Attorney.

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The video illustrates Wagstaff’s remarkable journey; from starting law school on federal house arrest to winning high-profile civil rights cases against bad actors widely covered in the media at his renowned law practice. 

A Data-Driven Approach

While pursuing the bar, he sought an MBA from Fordham, which “oddly enough made me a better attorney than law school,”  Wagstaff says, outlining the data-driven approach to not just combat crime, but also prevent it without bias. 

A Prosecutor Should Be More Like a Parent

“The role of a prosecutor should be more like the role of a parent…disciplining but coming from a place of compassion,” Wagstaff says, alluding to justly sentencing criminals while also being culturally competent and focusing on prevention and the roots of crimes. 

The respected attorney, proven civil rights advocate, and steadfast social justice champion will use that approach to “address gun violence, hate crimes, domestic violence, and property crimes with integrity.”


“Everyone in Westchester deserves to be safe, regardless of ZIP Code,” adds William, whose platform is committed to supporting the first responders who put their lives on the line. 

William’s vast, unique experience includes having served as the City of Mount Vernon’s Special Prosecutor for Police Discipline, where he held bad actors accountable but also supported law enforcement, “recognizing that ensuring police are treated fairly is equally essential.”


Announcing his candidacy in late November with much media attention, Wagstaff’s race is gaining momentum as anticipation builds for the June Democratic Primary. 

Of the Democratic competitors, Wagstaff told the NY Law Journal that: “I anticipate a field of formers: people who are going to speak to a career of being a former prosecutor, people who are doing things the way they’ve always been done.”

Born and raised in Mount Vernon, and a lifelong Westchester resident, he is now raising two great kids with his wife Christina.

William’s commitment to his community is equal to his commitment to justice; he co-sponsors an annual coat drive with Collective for a Cause in Yonkers, serves as Chair of the African American Men of Westchester Mentoring Committee, and is on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of Westchester.

Wagstaff’s civil rights advocacy, legal experience, and ability to effect change are earning him broad support across Westchester County for District Attorney as he continues to build momentum in his campaign, which is well on its way to a healthy six-figure war chest by the January campaign finance filing.


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