Ex-judge Robyn Williams, wife of David Williams, may run for attorney general

jbrammer@herald-leader.comJune 14, 2012 

Robyn Williams, wife of state senator David Williams, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington, Ky. Photo by David Perry | Staff


FRANKFORT — Former district court judge Robyn Williams, wife of state Senate President David Williams, is considering a possible bid for state attorney general in 2015.

"I have gotten a lot of encouragement to run for the office but have made no definite decision," Robyn Williams, a Republican, said in a telephone interview from her home in Russell Springs.

She quickly added that "as a mother of a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old, it's unrealistic for me to be able to predict at this time what I will do" about that race.

Several other well-known Kentuckians — all Democrats — already have been mentioned in media reports as possible candidates in 2015 to be the state's chief law enforcement official.

They include Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes; lawyer Andrew Beshear, son of Gov. Steve Beshear; former state Democratic Party chair Jennifer Moore; and state House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley of Hopkinsville.

Robyn Williams is a former state district court judge for Russell, Wayne and Clinton counties. Former Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed her in October 2004 to the bench. She served until December 2010.

She and Senate President Williams, R-Burkesville, married in July 2003. He lost a bid last year for governor against Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear by more than 20 percentage points.

A graduate of Chase Law School at Northern Kentucky University, Robyn Williams said she would like to see someone run for attorney general "who would not consider it a consolation prize and would be a true partner with prosecutors."

The current attorney general, Democrat Jack Conway, cannot seek re-election in 2015 because of term limits. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2015.

Asked if her husband would help or harm her candidacy for attorney general, Robyn Williams said, "The potential is there to help and hurt.

"But he has helped me tremendously. I have learned so much about government from him. He's my best friend in the whole world. I know he would be very supportive of me whatever I do, and I of him."

Robyn Williams said she hopes to do volunteer work for prosecutors in the fall "to get back in the courtroom."

Jack Brammer: (859) 231-1302. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog: bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com

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