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Shawn WilliamsAbout Shawn

Shawn Williams is a 45+ year resident of Southwest Florida, a graduate of Purdue University, a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Florida, and Principal of Shawn M. Williams, CPA, LLC. Since 2002, he has owned his own CPA firm with the primary practice focus of full-service accounting, tax and consulting firm for small/medium-sized businesses (<$IOOMM), their members and shareholders. Shawn's work history includes both public accounting and industry. He was previously employed by national, regional and local CPA firms, and served as the Chief Financial Officer of a 25-company conglomerate before opening his own practice.

Shawn has a unique connection to the community through his professional service, volunteerism and public service. He is the former Chairman of the FGCU Accounting and Tax Conference committee and is a long-serving member of the State Tax, Federal Tax and Management of an Accounting Practice Committees of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Shawn is a regular speaker for FICPA continuing education courses on subjects of State Taxation and Management of an Accounting Practice. He has also contributed articles of the same topics for Florida CPA Today magazine.

For Shawn, Community Matters!

He has been a member of several not-for-profit Boards of Directors, including Calusa Nature Center, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Jazz on the Green; and served as chairman of the LGBT Community Fund of Southwest Florida, Lee County LGBTQA Democratic Caucus, Professionals Organized for Leadership and Opportunity and the Lee County Attainable Housing Coalition.He is also a member of the WGCU, his local public radio, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory and Content Committee representing the LGBTQ community of Southwest Florida.

He is a former appointee as public member of the Florida Bar's 20th Circuit Grievance committee; and, currently serving as a member of the Lee County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and Lee County School District's Finance Advisory Committee. 

Shawn has pushed for public accountability through his appointment on the Florida Bar's grievance Committee. He was responsible for continuing investigations of possible lawyer misconduct referred by Bar discipline attorneys. The grievance committee reviews complaints with much the same purpose as a grand jury. That is, the committee decides, after a case is submitted to them by bar counsel, whether there is probable cause to believe a lawyer violated the professional conduct rules imposed by the Supreme Court of Florida and whether discipline against the lawyer appears to be warranted.

For Shawn, Education is the Great Equalizer and Must Cultivate our Students' Curiosity!

Shawn says "I am who I am today because of Lee County Public Schools."  Shawn has also encouraged transparency and effective change throughout his appointment on the School District's finance advisory committee. He has been a vocal proponent for public schools and District efficiencies through actionable recommendations to the School Board. His professional background provides unique insight to fiscal and oversight matters. One example of this was his explanation to the superintendent and committee how an internal audit department may assist in continuous improvement and cost savings during an annual external audit. He was able to explain complex professional standards of both internal and external auditing in simple, easy to understand context, which facilitated an efficient and effective policy recommendation from our committee.

For Shawn, Attainable Housing Lifts All Floridians.

Shawn has advocated for local expansion of attainable housing for Lee County's workforce earning under 140% of Area Median Income (AMI). He showed leadership while adopting the required triennial affordable housing incentive policies. He expanded staff recommended policies within the Statute to defer county impact and utility connection fees, added bonus density for more affordable projects, and voted in favor of a streamlined process for additions of accessory dwelling units. He felt he was able to get everything the statute allowed into the Commission recommendation. However, he feels frustrated that current statutes, zoning and other regulations constrain local efforts to provide affordable housing to its citizenry; and, feels much more can and should be done at the state level to find common ground and expand housing choice and opportunity.

Because of this frustration, Shawn has decided to run for elected office in the Florida House of Representatives, District 78. He will be running on three main tenets: Education, Economy and the Environment.

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