Todd Williams, 49, is a North Carolina native and lifelong Democrat. Born in Winston-Salem, he attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating in 1992 with a BA in English. Todd then taught English as a Second Language and adult basic skills to textile workers, immigrants, and the homeless. That experience led Todd to pursue a career in social justice through public service law. While attending Northeastern University Law School, Todd was preparing specialize in labor law and serve workers as his clients. An internship in the law firm of a renowned civil rights attorney turned Todd instead toward criminal justice law.
Todd worked for nearly 15 years as a public defender and as a capital defender. Todd represented indigent defendants of all ages at every level in our justice system -- from misdemeanors to murder. By 2014, per the NC Innocence Inquiry Commission, five young working-class African American men had been convicted on bad, undisclosed evidence, and had served years in prison for crimes they did not commit. The integrity of the justice system was at an ebb and Todd wanted to restore it. In 2014, a full two years before a wave of reform-minded prosecutors were elected nationwide in 2016, Todd ran against and defeated a 24-year incumbent. Todd also defeated another candidate, and Todd won re-election in 2018.
As DA, Todd has resolved heinous crimes while concurrently working to reverse questionable past convictions including convictions of the young men who were exonerated (see above) and to remove two men from NC’s death row. Todd was instrumental in creating wraparound services for victims through the Child Advocacy Center and the Family Justice Center, and services for offenders including the Justice Resource Center, the Adult Drug, and Juvenile Misdemeanor Diversion Programs, Veterans’ Treatment Court, expungement clinics and amnesty days, all focused on offering pathways for non-violent offenders to achieve employability and recovery without the stigma of a conviction. Todd recommended investigation of County Manager Wanda Greene and called for an end to self-investigation of potential criminal behavior by law enforcement agencies. Todd has made it easier for the public to access to the District Attorney’s Office through the use of technology, specifically a new website (BuncombeDA.org) and new online portals.
Todd is a NC State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. He offers unparalleled depth of experience as your District Attorney. He lives in Asheville with his family.
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