For­mer pros­e­cu­tor and Ses­tak op­po­nent seeks Delco D.A.’s post

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Kath­leen E. Carey kcarey@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @dt­busi­ness on Twit­ter

As Delaware County’s District At­tor­ney of­fice is soon to be va­cated as Jack Whe­lan will as­sume the Com­mon Pleas Court judge­ship he won last week, a for­mer pros­e­cu­tor fa­mil­iar with po­lit­i­cal process has made it known he’d like the job.

W. Craig Wil­liams, 52, of Glen Mills, sent a let­ter to Delaware County Repub­li­can Party Chair­man An­drew Reilly and GOP mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers last Thurs­day in­di­cat­ing his de­sire to fill Whe­lan’s un­ex­pired term as well as run for elec­tion for the post in 2019.

The next D.A. will ini­tially be ap­pointed by the county’s Board of Judges.

Wil­liams said that his highly ex­pe­ri­enced back­ground and the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal dy­namic help make him an ideal can­di­date for the spot.

“The why of this is very im­por­tant,” Wil­liams said. “At my core, I feel a duty and a call­ing to ser­vice and I have been do­ing that my en­tire life.”

Wil­liams may be fa­mil­iar to Delaware County vot­ers for his 2008 run against then U.S. Rep. Joe Ses­tak, D-7. Wil­liams re­ceived 100,447 votes in Delaware County to Ses­tak’s 154,257.

At the time, he also high­lighted his com­mit­ment to ser­vice as his strength.

“I want to con­tinue that ser­vice to my coun­try and com­mu­nity, now as a mem­ber of Congress,” he said then. “As a Ma­rine and a pros­e­cu­tor, I will take a no-non­sense ap­proach to the ‘pol­i­tics as usual’ cul­ture that per­me­ates Wash­ing­ton, D.C. I will fight cor­rup­tion, waste­ful spend­ing and be a voice for the peo­ple. I will fight to re­duce our de­pen­dence on for­eign oil and work to­ward re­new­able en­ergy. I will fight for lower taxes and fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity. I will re­store our voice to Wash­ing­ton, D.C. I will im­ple­ment re­forms, re­store ethics to our na­tion’s cap­i­tal and bring a true sense of bi­par­ti­san­ship and com­mon sense to Congress.”

In 1987, Wil­liams went into the Ma­rine Corps, where he flew 56 com­bat mis­sions in Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm.

“I never shirked away from that he said.

He then served in the Ma­rine Corps Re­serves. There, he was the head pros­e­cu­tor from 1998 to 2000 as he trained other pros­e­cu­tors how to try and in­ves­ti­gate cases in the class­room.

In his civil­ian life, Wil­liams did a fed­eral clerk­ship on the United States Court of Ap­peals for the 11th Cir­cuit in At­lanta, Ga., be­fore he moved to Den­ver, Colo., to work in the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. There, he had a role in the Joint Ter­ror­ism Task Force.

“I didn’t bank at the time on fall­ing in love with a Philadel­phia girl but that’s what brought me here,” Wil­liams said. He and his wife, Jen­nifer, mar­ried in 2004 and have four chil­dren.

Wil­liams then ac­cepted or­ders to go to the Pen­tagon, where he served the Joint Chiefs of Staff, first un­der Gen. Richard My­ers and then Gen. Peter Pace. He ex­plained that his first re­spon­si­bil­ity was to be the ethics ad­vi­sor to them and more than 100 gen­er­als and ad­mi­rals on staff.

Wil­liams also served as As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney un­der then-U.S. At­tor­ney Pa­trick re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Mee­han of the East­ern District. In 2009, he be­came as­sis­tant gen­eral coun­sel at PECO.

When asked what would be among his pri­or­i­ties should he be ap­pointed Delco D.A., Wil­liams re­served com­ment.

“I don’t want to get ahead of my­self,” he said. “There has to be a de­gree of hu­mil­ity. No­body has asked me to have the job.”

He did say it was cru­cial for peo­ple of good stature to get in­volved in pub­lic ser­vice at this time.

“I think good peo­ple need to come for­ward,” Wil­liams said. “In this po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, I think it’s more im­per­a­tive than ever that good peo­ple con­tinue to serve.”

The at­tor­ney said that dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing and he ex­pected that they would con­tinue for sev­eral weeks.

He added that it’s a crit­i­cal time for Repub­li­cans. They were swamped lo­cally and na­tion­ally in last week’s elec­tions in what has been de­scribed by some as a re­ac­tion against the pres­i­dency of Don­ald Trump.

“Af­ter Tues­day, the land­scape has changed,” Wil­liams said, “and I’m hope­ful that we as a party can work on our mes­sage and work on how we do busi­ness. Be­cause it would be a mis­take to say that this elec­tion was en­tirely about the pres­i­dent.”

W. Craig Wil­liams

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