HINSDALE - Mark Williams, current Public Defender of Cattaraugus County, has announced he has filed more than 1,400 signatures on his petitions for the Republican line for Cattaraugus County District Attorney.
The petitions, the first to be filed in the DA race, were delivered by the candidate on July 8 at the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections in Little Valley.
"I am excited to get this race under way," said Williams, a lifelong resident of Hinsdale. "We found broad-based support within the party and across the county. I am especially pleased with the number of residents of the county who stepped forward to circulate my petitions. With signatures from regular party members, judges, legislators, town and village officials and a prominent local police officer, Olean City Police Chief Terry Schnell, who has already endorsed me for District Attorney, we have shown that I am a legitimate candidate for District Attorney and that I intend to win."
Williams has also been successfully nominated by the Cattaraugus County Republicans to serve as a delegate to the Eighth Judicial District Nomina-ting Convention for NYS Supreme Court.
Williams is admitted to practice law in New York State, Pennsylvania and Virginia and is admitted before the U.S. Supreme Court and several other Federal Courts across the country, including the United States District Court for the Western District of New York in Buffalo.
Williams, a lifelong Republican, has been the Public Defender for more than 10 and a half years. Previously, he represented the towns of Hinsdale, Portville, Ischua, Humphrey and Lyndon in the County Legislature for seven years. He also served as town justice in Hinsdale from 1986 to 1995.
He has been a practicing attorney for more than 32 years, serving as a Navy Judge Advocate on active duty in the 1980s. He retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 2003 as a commander.
He currently serves as the Cattaraugus County Commander of the American Legion and has been active with Boy State and Boy Scouts for over 20 years through the Hinsdale American Legion.
He is a past Bar Association President, past President of the Allegheny Highlands Council of the BSA, Kiwanis Club of Olean and current Chairman of the Salvation Army Olean Corps Community Advisory Board.
He has been an active member of the Board of Directors of the Olean Bradford Family YMCA where he was president during the planning for the current YMCA in Olean.
He serves on U.S. Congressman Thomas Reed's Military Academy Selection Committee and also volunteers with the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD.
He and his wife, Patti, are parents of four children and one grandson.