Todd Williams To Challenge Ron Moore


Screenshot 2014-02-27 at 3.37.06 PMFrom the press release at his website:

Williams Announces Bid to Restore Integrity to District Attorney Office

Attorney Todd M. Williams of Asheville announced that he has filed as a Democrat running for election to the Office of District Attorney for the 28th Judicial District. The Primary is May 6.

“The Office of District Attorney should be renowned for its fairness and integrity in pursuit of justice. In seeking justice, the office must safeguard the rights and reputations of the innocent,” Williams said. “To regain this reputation and trust, we need new leadership that will demonstrate the highest degree of integrity and professionalism. I offer to provide that leadership.”

Williams believes transparency will be essential to renewing public trust in the Office of the District Attorney.

Local and national media have documented the Office’s lack of transparency. Documents in the public interest were suppressed. Innocence Commission hearings resulted in overturning murder convictions that had kept young men in jail for years.

“These events have tarnished the public perception of the openness of the Office of District Attorney,” Williams said. “That perception harms our criminal justice system.”

Williams has nearly 15 years of experience as a defense attorney. He has served as Assistant Capital Defender, Assistant Senior Public Defender, and Assistant Public Defender for nine years in Buncombe County. Williams said he is ready to transition from defense to prosecution within the criminal justice system.

“Defense attorneys and prosecutors are united in seeking justice. The players are different, but, in a well-run system, we are all on the same team,” Williams said. “The most pressing need in our criminal justice system is the need for new leadership in the Office of District Attorney. We need to rebuild public trust, increase consistency, and increase professionalism. I am ready to step up and deliver that new leadership.”

Williams, 45, is a North Carolina native and long-time Buncombe County resident. He and his wife Catherine have a 14-month old daughter. Williams serves on the board of Green Opportunities. He is also an investor in a local business, Wedge Brewing Company.

“I am committed to making our community an even safer place to live and raise a family,” Williams said.

“It will be my honor to bring a fresh, measured approach to the Office of District Attorney, which will be efficient, responsive to law enforcement, and fair to defendants that are brought before the court for prosecution,” Williams said.

Williams earned his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Northeastern Law School. Williams has been practicing law in North Carolina since 2000. In addition to serving on the board of Green Opportunities, Williams volunteers on Democratic campaigns and is a past Commissioner of the Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County.

For more information about the District Attorney Race in Buncombe County NC visit www.WilliamsforDA.com

I’ve known Todd Williams for years, and I know him to be trustworthy, hardworking, intelligent, and fair. He’s also got guts. It takes a lot of guts to take on a long-time incumbent, so I hope you’ll take some time to get to know the candidates and make your decision based on your values.


  1. RHS says:

    Excellent! Most excellent!

  2. RHS says:

    I will add that when Ron Moore was first elected as DA in 1990 he did so by defeating an incumbent in the primary. One of the biggest charges he made against the incumbent was that he had been in office too long. At that point the incumbent had been in office since 1974 — a total of 16 years.

    Moore has been in office for 24 years and now wants to extend that stay to 28. So much for 16 years being too long.

  3. shadmarsh says:

    Hopefully Moore doesn’t have this guy whacked by his cartel connections.


  4. I tried to use the software to make a donation with my debit card. It wouldn’t accept my info, so I’ll just send a check in the mail.

    The MOORE cancer should have been removed from Buncombe County over a decade ago. BTW, glad to see Cecil Bothwell is on board. He should know lots about Moe Ron’s skulduggery. I was born and raised here and I damn sure do.

    I’d stand in a line a mile long to vote against that pile of detritus.