Judge Larry Lapkovitch is retiring from the District Judge seat, which handles most felony and misdemeanor cases in the county as well as small claims and much of the district’s civil cases.
Williams won Tuesday’s election with 14,088 votes. His Democratic opponent, Jasper attorney Albert Day Legg III, received 7,182 votes, while independent candidate Herbie Brewer received 6,696.
Williams said he would like to thank his family and all of his supporters for their hard work during the campaign.
“I’m humbled that the voters of Walker County want me to be the next District Court Judge,” he said.
Each of the candidates said they are thankful the race maintained a positive tone throughout the campaign.
“They were good opponents and gentlemen at all times,” Williams said.
Williams, 48, has been practicing law since 1999, and is a partner at the Stephens, Stephens and Williams law firm.
Brewer said he is happy the people of Walker County had a choice for the office.
“Clearly people in our community turned out by the thousands to vote against Obama, and that favored the Republican candidate, Mr. Williams,” he said.
As the election returns showed a clear victory for Williams, Legg said “the people of Walker County made their choice, and I’m happy.”