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William Wagstaff Shows Strong Support At Westchester County Democrats Nominating Convention

Feb 12, 2024

Reaffirming cross-county support to restore a fairer, safer, and more accountable criminal justice system, focus moves to June 25 Primary Election


February 12, 2024


White Plains, NY – Tonight, William O. Wagstaff III, a first-time candidate for office, received broad support to be Westchester’s next District Attorney at the Westchester County Democratic Committee’s nominating convention. While he did not receive the outright nomination for the position, Wagstaff declared intent on running for the seat in the June 25 Primary and surprised members of the county committee with the extent of the support he garnered as he continues to run as a reformer against the entrenched machine and racks up endorsements from leading Democrats.  

“The county convention is just the first step in a long campaign and I look forward to continuing to talk with voters across this great county as I seek to become Westchester’s first Black District Attorney. I am deeply honored to have received the support I have thus far and remain committed to talking to every voter in the county to make the case for a re-imagined District Attorney’s office.

From every corner of our diverse county, our campaign has generated grassroots support and received dozens of endorsements from elected leaders and organizations. I have unique experience unlike any candidate to ever seek this office, and have the ability to affect real change instead of rhetoric as we make Westchester fairer, safer, and stronger. I look forward to hearing the concerns of voters across Westchester.”

William’s growing list of Democratic endorsements:

Shawyn Patterson-Howard

Mayor, Mount Vernon

Vivian McKenzie

Mayor, Peekskill

Tony Gonçalves

Town Supervisor, Lewisboro

Ellen Calves

Town Supervisor, Bedford

Jamaal T. Bailey

NYS Senator

Nathalia Fernandez

NYS Senator

Chris Burdick

NYS Assemblymember

Dana Levenberg

NYS Assemblymember

Tyrae Woodson-Samuels

County Legislator & BOL Majority Leader

Jewel Williams-Johnson

County Legislator

Darren Morton

Comptroller, Mount Vernon

Omar Lopez

Deputy Mayor, Ossining

Gina Jackson

Town Board Member, Greenburgh

Mary Shah

Town Board Member, Lewisboro

Joy Haber

Town Board Member, Greenburgh

Shane Osinloye

City Council, New Rochelle

Cathlin Gleason

City Council President, Mount Vernon

Jaevon Boxhill

City Council, Mount Vernon

Derrick Thompson

City Council, Mount Vernon

Danielle Browne

City Council, Mount Vernon

Ed Poteat

City Council, Mount Vernon

Andrés Castillo

Town Board Member, Bedford

Stephanie McCaine

Town Board Member, Bedford

Ruth Hassell-Thompson

Former NYS Senator 36th District

Ernie Davis

Former Mount Vernon Mayor

Alfreda Williams

Former County Legislator, 8 LD

Danielle Tagger-Epstein

Rye City Dems Chair

Mount Vernon City Dems Chair

Jenn Castelhano

Lewisboro Town Dems Chair

NY Working Families Party

White Plains Democratic Committee

Lewisboro Democratic Committee

Mount Vernon Democratic Committee

Bedford Democratic Committee

New Castle Democratic Committee

North Salem Democratic Committee

About William: 


William O. Wagstaff III is a respected attorney who has represented victims in some of the most high-profile civil rights cases in recent history.


William’s commitment to his community is equal to his commitment to justice; he serves as Special Prosecutor for Police Disciplinary Hearings, 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 his campaign continues to build momentum as a frontrunner ahead of the June Democratic Primary.


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


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