Residence: Glasgow, KY
David Williams is a Navy veteran who speaks with an electronic device due to throat cancer. He once ran a successful construction business in his hometown of Glasgow, Ky.
David Williams, a Democrat, is well known in Kentucky as a perennial candidate. He is challenging two-term Republican Rep. Brett Guthrie in 2012 for the 2nd Congressional District seat.
The former construction company owner has run for several local and statewide offices, including mayor of Glasgow, governor and U.S. Congress. He garnered more than 160,000 votes in the May 22, 2007, Democratic primary for agriculture commissioner, presumably in part due to name recognition and confusion with David Williams, the Republican state Senate president whose name recognition is high among voters.
He lost the general election for commissioner of agriculture to Republican Richie Farmer. Williams had said in an interview during the 2007 campaign that he would run the state agriculture department like U.S. Army Gen. George Patton.
During that race, he was arrested on charges related to a confrontation with the Glasgow City Clerk, who is also his niece, over an open records request. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to disorderly conduct and was given a suspended sentence.
He previously ran for the 2nd District seat in 2002 against former Rep. Ron Lewis. He garnered about 29 percent of the vote.
Source: Associated Press