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Williams Makes It Official For Attorney General

Craig Williams

In a long-expected announcement, Rep. Craig Williams (R-Chester/Delaware) has announced that he is a candidate for Pennsylvania Attorney General.

The 59-year-old Republican becomes the third GOP candidate in the field, joining York County District Attorney Dave Sunday and former Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland.

“Today, I announce my run for Attorney General of Pennsylvania,” he tweeted on the platform previously known as Twitter. “As a former federal prosecutor, combat veteran, retired Marine Corps Colonel, I know what it takes to fight violence. Having won two difficult elections, I know what it takes to win!”

“Pennsylvania needs an Attorney General who focuses on prosecution, not political posturing,” he continued in his campaign announcement. “Our seniors, children, and hardworking citizens deserve a better quality of life. Prosecuting violent criminals, drug dealers, crooked politicians, and crimes against the vulnerable are my goals. I am a lifelong Republican who can win next November.

“Furthermore, our Attorney General should have allegiance to the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions, never to special interests. I will campaign with grassroots volunteers while others rely on political insiders in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. Their strategy loses elections time after time, and this next election is crucial for Republicans. We must win. And I win.”

Williams is a former federal prosecutor who served in Colorado and Philadelphia. He also served in the Marine Corps for nearly three decades, flew 56 combat missions, was decorated for valor in battle, and retired as a colonel.

While in the Marines, he was a prosecutor and also worked on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Williams served as deputy legal counsel to the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the war on terror.

Asked why he was running when Sunday appears to have significant GOP establishment backing, Williams said it was because he could win the general election.

“Looking at the field that’s emerging for attorney general, I do not see or hear a narrative that’s going to win,” he told DV Journal. “And I’m absolutely determined to win this attorney general seat.

“I have the most breadth of experience,” said Williams, who represents parts of Chester and Delaware Counties. “I have run two times in 2020 and 2022 in the state House elections that nobody thought I could win because of the political climate, be it Trump or abortion. I worked my tail off, and I brought a narrative that was winning, which is one of public service, being a community-minded guy, and being a tenacious fighter. And those narratives brought me home to two victories.

“People want somebody who is going to go out there and fight for them. And I’m hearing that in county after county. We need somebody that’s going to fight, and we need somebody that’s going to win.”

Last December, Williams was named as one of three impeachment managers in the case against Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner after the State House impeached the Democratic prosecutor over policies some lawmakers say have led to a rise in crime.

A trial was never held against Krasner despite taxpayers footing a $2.8 million bill. Williams appealed a decision by Commonwealth Court to toss the case saying the impeachment was not “a sidseshow.”

Another impeachment manager – Rep. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) – is one of five Democrats contending for the nomination. Others include former state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, former federal prosecutor Joe Kahn, former head of Philadelphia’s public defense lawyers, Keir Bradford-Grey, and Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer.

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke, his J.D. from the University of Florida, and a Master of Laws from the Columbia University School of Law. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four children.


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